What Everyone Should Know About Equal Opportunity Housing
April 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of enactment of the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The law recognizes that all Americans should have the right to purchase or rent shelter without being discriminated against because of their race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Each of us has rights and responsibilities under the law.
For the Home Seller: As a home seller or landlord, you have a responsibility and a requirement under the law not to discriminate in the sale, rental and financing of property on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. You cannot instruct the licensed broker or salesperson acting as your agent to convey for you any limitations in the sale or rental because the real estate professional is also bound by law not to discriminate. Under the law, a home seller or landlord 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 origin.
For the Home Seeker: 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:
- Housing in your price range made available to you without discrimination
- 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 financing, appraising, or insuring of housing
- Reasonable accommodations in rules, practices and procedures for persons with disabilities
- Non-discriminatory terms and conditions for the sale, rental, financing, or insuring of a dwelling
- To be free from harassment or intimidation for exercising your fair housing rights.
For the Real Estate Professional: Agents in a real estate transaction are prohibited by law from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. A request from the home seller or landlord to act in a discriminatory manner in the sale, lease or rental cannot legally be fulfilled by the real estate professional.
If You Suspect Discrimination in Loudoun County
Call the Dulles Association of REALTORS® (DAAR): DAAR will accept complaints against REALTORS® filed by a home seeker who alleges discriminatory treatment in the availability, purchase or rental of housing. DAAR and other local REALTOR® associations have a responsibility to enforce the Code of Ethics through professional standards procedures and will take corrective action in cases where a violation of the Code of Ethics is proven to have occurred.
Call the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Complaints alleging discrimination in housing may be filed with the nearest office of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or by contacting them at http://www.hud.gov (link is external).
Courtesy: National Association of Realtors.