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The Fair Housing Act is an extensive, highly codified document.
Lee Street Management has reduced the primary tenets of the
Act to this more readable summary. If you would like to reference
the Act in it's entirety, please contact your local HUD office.
They will either provide or direct you to, a complete copy.
Fair Housing Ordinance.
The Fair Housing Act
Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of:
Housing Is Covered?
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, national origin, religion, sex, familial
status or handicap:
Refuse to rent or sell housing
to negotiate for housing
different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of
different housing services or facilities
deny that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental
profit, persuade owners to sell or rent (blockbusting) or
anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as
a multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing.
one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national
origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap (disability):
Refuse to make a mortgage loan
to provide information regarding loans
different terms or conditions on a loan, such as different interest
rates, points, or fees
in appraising property
to purchase a loan or
different terms or conditions for purchasing a loan.
coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing
right or assisting others who exercise that right
or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference
based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status,
or handicap. This prohibition against discriminatory advertising
applies to single-family and owner-occupied housing that is otherwise
exempt from the Fair Housing Act.
Additional Protection If You Have a Disability
If you or someone associated with you:
landlord may not:
Example: A building with a "no pets" policy must allow a visually impaired
tenant to keep a guide dog.
Example: An apartment complex that offers tenants ample, unassigned
parking must honor a request from a mobility-impaired tenant for a reserved
space near her apartment if necessary to assure that she can have access
to her apartment. That space does not however, have to be provided to
the tenant for free.
However, housing need not be made available to a person who is a direct
threat to the health or safety of others or who currently uses illegal
Requirements for New Buildings
In buildings that are ready for first occupancy after March 13, 1991,
and have an elevator and four or more units:
If a building with four or more units has no elevator and will be ready
for first occupancy after March 13, 1991, these standards apply to ground
requirements for new buildings do not replace any more stringent standards
in State or local law.
Housing Opportunities For Families
Unless a building or community qualifies as housing for older persons,
it may not discriminate based on familial status. That is, it may not
discriminate against families in which one or more children under 18
person who has legal custody of the child or children or
designee of the parent or legal custodian, with the parent or custodian's
Familial status protection also applies to pregnant women and anyone
securing legal custody of a child under 18.
Exemption: Housing for older persons is exempt from the prohibition
against familial status discrimination if:
The HUD Secretary has determined that it is specifically designed
for and occupied by elderly persons under a Federal, State or local
government program or
is occupied solely by persons who are 62 or older or
houses at least one person who is 55 or older in at least 80 percent
of the occupied units, and adheres to a policy that demonstrates
an intent to house persons who are 55 or older.
A transition period permits residents on or before September 13, 1988,
to continue living in the housing, regardless of their age, without
interfering with the exemption.
If You Think Your Rights
Have Been Violated
HUD is ready to help with any problem of housing discrimination. If
you think your rights have been violated, the Housing Discrimination
Complaint Form is available for you to download, complete and return,
or complete online and submit, or you may write HUD a letter, or telephone
the HUD Office nearest you. You have one year after an alleged violation
to file a complaint with HUD, but you should file it as soon as possible.
What to Tell HUD:
name and address
name and address of the person your complaint is against (the respondent)
address or other identification to the housing involved
short description to the alleged violation (the event that caused
you to believe your rights were violated)
date(s) to the alleged violation
to Write or Call:
the Housing Discrimination Complaint Form or a letter to the HUD Office
nearest you or you may call that office directly.
You Are Disabled:
What Happens When You File A Complaint?
will notify you when it receives your complaint. Normally, HUD also
Notify the alleged violator of your complaint and permit that person
to submit an answer
your complaint and determine whether there is reasonable cause to
believe the Fair Housing Act has been violated
you if it cannot complete an investigation within 100 days of receiving
may refer any investigator to this website for information about
Lee Street Management's formal housing policies.
HUD will try to reach an agreement with the person your complaint is
against (the respondent). A conciliation agreement must protect both
you and the public interest. If an agreement is signed, HUD will take
no further action on your complaint. However, if HUD has reasonable
cause to believe that a conciliation agreement is breached, HUD will
recommend that the Attorney General file suit.
HUD has determined that your State or local agency has the same fair
housing powers as HUD, HUD will refer your complaint to that agency
for investigation and notify you of the referral. That agency must begin
work on your complaint within 30 days or HUD may take it back.
If You Need Help Quickly?
you need immediate help to stop a serious problem that is being caused
by a Fair Housing Act violation, HUD may be able to assist you as soon
as you file a complaint. HUD may authorize the Attorney General to go
to court to seek temporary or preliminary relief, pending the outcome
of your complaint, if:
Example: A builder agrees to sell a house but, after learning the buyer
is black, fails to keep the agreement. The buyer files a complaint with
HUD. HUD may authorize the Attorney General to go to court to prevent
a sale to any other buyer until HUD investigates the complaint.
Happens After A Complaint Investigation?
after investigating your complaint, HUD finds reasonable cause to believe
that discrimination occurred, it will inform you. Your case will be
heard in an administrative hearing within 120 days, unless you or the
respondent want the case to be heard in Federal district court. Either
way, there is no cost to you.
The Administrative Hearing:
If your case goes to an administrative hearing HUD attorneys will litigate
the case on your behalf. You may intervene in the case and be represented
by your own attorney if you wish. An Administrative Law Judge (ALA)
will consider evidence from you and the respondent. If the ALA decides
that discrimination occurred, the respondent can be ordered:
To compensate you for actual damages, including humiliation, pain
provide injunctive or other equitable relief, for example, to make
the housing available to you.
pay the Federal Government a civil penalty to vindicate the public
interest. The maximum penalties are $10,000 for a first violation
and $50,000 for a third violation within seven years.
pay reasonable attorney's fees and costs.
Federal District Court
If you or the respondent choose to have your case decided in Federal
District Court, the Attorney General will file a suit and litigate it
on your behalf. Like the ALA, the District Court can order relief, and
award actual damages, attorney's fees and costs. In addition, the court
can award punitive damages.
You May File Suit: You may file suit, at your expense, in Federal District
Court or State Court within two years of an alleged violation. If you
cannot afford an attorney, the Court may appoint one for you. You may
bring suit even after filing a complaint, if you have not signed a conciliation
agreement and an Administrative Law Judge has not started a hearing.
A court may award actual and punitive damages and attorney's fees and
beware: There is absolutely no room for "humor" or "good
intentions" in housing. Follow the rules and keep good records.
The legal industry is awash with opportunistic politicians and predators.
It is dreadfully easy to become a target of housing litigation. Jury
awards will always outweigh the true offense and the actual suffering
Tools to Combat Housing Discrimination:
there is noncompliance with the order of an Administrative Law Judge,
HUD may seek temporary relief, enforcement of the order or a restraining
order in a United States Court of Appeals.
The Attorney General may file a suit in a Federal District Court if
there is reasonable cause to believe a pattern or practice of housing
discrimination is occurring.
more information, contact your local HUD office:
US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building
77 West Jackson Boulevard, Room 2101
Chicago, Illinois 60604-3507
TTY (312) 353-7143
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