Who is a housing provider?
Housing providers are those involved with housing related transactions. This can include landlords, sellers, brokers, real estate agents, lenders, insurance agents, property managers, maintenance staff, and many others in the housing industry. The fair housing law applies to all housing providers, as well as neighbors and guests of residents.
What is housing discrimination?
Housing discrimination occurs when a housing provider treats a person differently due to their race, color, religion, sex, family status, disability, national origin, or military status. Additionally, other characteristics may be protected in local areas, such as sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, etc.
Housing providers cannot treat a prospective or current tenant differently based on these characteristics. Some examples of housing discrimination include:
- Intimidating or harassing tenants
- Refusing to rent, sell, or offer housing-related services
- Falsely denying that housing is available
- Treating tenants differently when providing repairs or services
- Applying different rules or rental amounts
- Steering people to rent in certain sections of town or certain properties
- Discriminatory advertising
- Refusing to make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
Local governments and states that accept Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) funds, as well as public housing agencies (PHAs) are required to affirmatively further fair housing by creating diverse and inclusive communities. For more information click here.
US Department of Housing and Urban Development and US Department of Justice Joint Statement on Reasonable Accommodations
US Department of Housing and Urban Development and US Department of Justice Joint Statement on Reasonable Modifications
HUD Memo regarding Assessing Claims of Housing Discrimination against Victims of Domestic Violence under the Fair Housing Act and the Violence Against Women’s Act.
HUD Notice: Service Animals and Assistance Animals for People with Disabilities in Housing
If you have additional questions or would like more information, please contact FHCS via email at email@example.com or by phone at 330-376-6191 (toll free 877-376-6191).