WHAT DOES FAIR HOUSING MEAN?
Since 1968, all consumers have been protected by the Fair Housing Act from discrimination in housing transactions. Here’s how the act benefits you.
IT PROTECTS EVERYONE
The act protects you and everyone else from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability— those are called the seven protected classes
WHAT THE ACT MEANS
Sellers and landlords can’t discriminate in the sale or rental of property on the basis of someone’s race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin. They also can’t tell their agents to limit the availability of property based on the same seven classes, establish terms or conditions in the purchase or rental that are discriminatory, or advertise that the property is available only to people of a certain race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability.
WHERE TO REPORT A VIOLATION
If you think you’ve been the victim of a Fair Housing Act violation, report it to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at 800-669-9777 or hud.gov/fairhousing.
THERE MAY BE OTHER PROTECTIONS IN YOUR AREA
Local laws may expand upon the classes covered by federal law. San Antonio, for example, prohibits discrimination based on veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. And Austin adds sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, student status, and age.
REALTORS® GO BEYOND WHAT THE LAW REQUIRES
Even if you’re not in a community with expanded fair housing protections, REALTORS® pledge not to discriminate based on someone’s gender identity or sexual orientation