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Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of:
  • Race or color
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Familial Status
  • Disability
The Fair Housing Act covers most housing. In some circumstances, the Act exempts owner occupied buildings with no more than four units, single family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members. In the sale and rental of housing, no one may take any of the following actions, based on race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status, or national origin:
  • Refuse to rent or sell housing
  • Make housing unavailable
  • Deny a dwelling
  • Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling
  • Falsely deny that housing is available for sale or rental
In mortgage lending no person may take any of the following actions based on race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status, or national origin:
  • Refuse to make a loan
  • Discriminate in appraising property
  • Refuse to purchase a loan
  • Set different terms or conditions for purchasing a loan
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Fair Housing/Equal Opportunity For All.