In the fall of 2019, the landscape of fair housing as we know it changed. A news media outlet, Newsday, released their exposé regarding fair housing and Long Island Realtors®. The exposé showed that up to 49% of the time a fair housing violation occurred during interactions with people of color. The violations were not always blatant or obvious, but more subtle. Perhaps a school district was said to be better than another one, or listings were shown in one area versus another. The result showed that there is a lack of education and understanding surrounding fair housing.
GPBR wants to help you prevent your agents from committing a violation.
The Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors® has always maintained that fair housing is not just something to be discussed during the April Fair Housing month, but a 24/7/365 days of the year issue. GPBR is strongly committed to the laws of fair housing, and the ethical commitment laid out in the Realtor® Code of Ethics.
For more information on Fair Housing, read on!
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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