The fair housing laws protect everyone from discrimination in the sale or rental of housing. When based on race, religion, gender, disability, etc., the following are discriminatory actions:
- Refusing to rent or sell housing to you.
- Sexually harassing a tenant
- Falsely informing you that housing is unavailable.
- Asking you to pay a different amount for rent or security deposit.
- Excluding you from living in an apartment or neighborhood.
- Evicting you based on the race of your friends or family.
Because you have children, your landlord CANNOT:
- Limit where you live.
- Charge you a higher rent or security deposit
- Deny you housing.
If you are considered disabled, your landlord CANNOT refuse your reasonable
- Alter your dwelling to accommodate your disability (Examples: include: lowering sinks, installing ramps, etc.) However, changes would be made at your expense and you can be asked to change the unit back to its previous condition when you leave.
- Change rules, procedures or policies to allow you to live in your place of choice with your disability. Examples include: allowing service animals, assigning handicapped parking, etc.
Did you know?
- A Landlord or Realtor can not steer people and families to or away from a particular neighborhood or a certain part of an apartment complex.
- Landlord, Realtor or mortgage Lender can not charge a higher security deposit or lending rate based only on a protected characteristic, example: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability.
- A Landlord or Realtor can not have different qualifying standards for different groups of people.
- A Landlord or Realtor can not misrepresent the availability of house or apartment
- A Landlord or Realtor can not engage in sexual or racial harassment.
- A Landlord can not deny a reasonable accommodations request for people with disabilities.
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