You May Have Experienced or Witnessed Housing Discrimination
Did You Know?
It is illegal for an apartment building owner to assign families with younger children to one particular building.
An apartment building owner has the right to reject an applicant because of poor housekeeping habits.
An apartment building owner must allow the construction of a wheelchair ramp.
Indicating a preference based on religion in advertising an available apartment is illegal.
An apartment building owner may not legally reject an applicant with a history of mental illness.
A rental application may not be rejected by the landlord because of the applicant's religion.
When using a real estate agent, a family may not sell their house only to a white buyer.
A real estate agent is not allowed to limit a home search to certain neighborhoods based on the client's race/ethnicity.
A loan officer may turn down an applicant because of the applicant's lack of a steady job and income.
It is illegal for a loan officer to require higher down payments from Hispanic families in order to get a mortgage.
Are These Statements Familiar?
"Are you sure you can afford the rent?"
"We don't have units available for people with a disability."
"This neighborhood isn't child-friendly."
"The apartment I advertised was just rented to another person."
"Let me show you a neighborhood where you may feel more comfortable."
Although some of the above-referenced statements may sound common, be wary. They may be excuses to keep you from renting or buying the home of your choice and it may be a violation of the law. Some landlords and housing providers do not make such overt or suspicious statements.