Property owners and managers are subject to the federal Fair Housing Act, which
prohibits "any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race,
color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or
intention to make such preference, limitation or discrimination."
AffordableHousing.com supports Equal Housing Opportunity and we encourage users of our
site to follow appropriate guidelines to comply with both the Federal Housing
Act, as well as any applicable state and local regulations. All renters are
hereby informed that all property rental offers are available on an equal
Property Owner's & Manager's Responsibilities
As a property owner or manager you have a responsibility and a requirement under
the law not to discriminate in the rental of property on the basis of race,
color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. You cannot
instruct your agent to convey on your behalf any limitations in the rental
because your agent is bound by law not to discriminate. Agents in a rental
transaction are prohibited by law from discriminating on the basis of race,
color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. They are
prohibited from complying with a request from the property owner or manager to
act in a discriminatory manner in the lease or rental. Moreover, a property
owner or manager cannot establish discriminatory terms or conditions in the
purchase or rental, deny that housing is available, or advertise that the
property is available only to persons of a certain race, color, religion, sex,
handicap, familial status, or national original.
As someone seeking to rent an apartment, home or condo, you have the right to
expect that housing will be available to you without discrimination or other
limitations based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or
national origin. This includes the right to expect equal professional service,
the opportunity to consider a broad range of housing choices, no discriminatory
limitations on communities or locations of housing, no discrimination in the
pricing or financing of housing, reasonable accommodations in rules, practices
and procedures for persons with disabilities, and to be free from harassment or
intimidation for exercising your fair housing rights.
Civil Rights Act of 1866
The Civil Rights Act of 1866 prohibits all racial discrimination in the sale or
rental of property.
The Fair Housing Act
The Fair Housing Act declares a national policy of fair housing throughout the
United States, making illegal any discrimination in the sale, lease or rental
of housing, or making housing otherwise unavailable, because of race, color,
religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination
against persons with disabilities in places of public accommodations and
The Equal Credit Opportunity Act
The Equal Credit Opportunity Act makes discrimination unlawful with respect to
any aspect of a credit application on the basis of race, color, religion,
national origin, sex, marital status, age or because all or part of the
applicant's income derives from any public assistance program.
State and Local Laws
State and local laws often provide broader coverage and prohibit discrimination
based on additional classes not covered by federal law.
IF YOU SUSPECT DISCRIMINATION
Call the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
You can contact HUD on the Internet at https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp