THE FAIR HOUSING ACT
The Fair Housing Act prohibits the denial of housing to a person based on the person's membership in one or more of the classes protected under the Act. The Protected classes are:
- Race or color
- National Origin
- Familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18)
It is therefore illegal to discriminate against a person in the provision of housing because of a person's membership in a protected class in the following situations:
- the sale or rental of housing;
- the terms, conditions, privileges of sale or rental, or provision of services or facilities in connection with the sale or rental of most housing;
- the advertising of a sale or rental of housing;
- the representation of the availability of housing for rental or sale;
- the provision of reasonable modifications to a dwelling for persons with a disability at their expense when necessary for the full use and enjoyment of the dwelling;
- the provision of reasonable accommodations to the rules, policies, practices, or services related to a dwelling when necessary to provide persons with a disability the equal opportunity to use and enjoy the dwelling;
- the financing or refinancing of housing; and
- the provision of real estate brokerage services.
In addition, it is illegal to coerce, intimidate, threaten or interfere with a person seeking to exercise rights under the Fair Housing Act.
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