Housing Discrimination

How to Recognize Housing Discrimination

If you are a member of a protected class, it is illegal for someone to:
  • Refuse to rent, sell, or negotiate for housing on the basis of the characteristics of a protected class.
  • Deny that housing is available if it truly is.
  • Set different terms or conditions for the sale or rental of a property.
  • Show you only homes or apartments in certain neighborhoods.
  • Advertise housing to preferred groups of people only.
  • Refuse to provide you with information regarding mortgages loans, deny you a mortgage loan simply based on characteristics of a protected class, or set different terms or conditions on a mortgage loan.
  • Refuse to make reasonable accommodations for persons with a disability if the accommodation may be necessary to afford such a person a reasonable and equal opportunity to live in the home.
  • Intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising or assisting someone else with his/her fair housing rights.

Examples of Behaviors That May Be Housing Discrimination

  • You call and get an appointment to look at a house, but when you get there, you are told that the house was just sold.
  • You are told that an apartment has been rented, but it is listed in the paper again.
  • You are told a higher selling price than what was advertised, or that you heard others being told.
  • You are given different terms or conditions for signing a lease than other applicants.
  • You are told that they cannot rent to families with children because the house has lead paint.
  • You are directed to or away from certain neighborhoods based on race or national origin.