Real Estate Term of the Day: Federal Fair Housing Law

Real Estate Term of the Day: Federal Fair Housing Law

FEDERAL FAIR HOUSING LAW – a federal law that forbids discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, handicap, familial status, or national origin in the selling or renting of homes and apartments (Barron’s Dictionary of Real Estate Terms)

Familial status – characteristic determined by a person’s household type, such as a marriage and existing or prospective children (Barron’s Dictionary of Real Estate Terms)

According to Hud.gov History of Fair Housing, “On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which was meant as a follow-up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The 1968 act expanded on previous acts and prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, sex, (and as amended) handicap and family status. Title VIII of the Act is also known as the Fair Housing Act (of 1968).”

Did you know that April has been unofficially declared the “Fair Housing Month?  If you feel you have been discriminated against you can file a complaint through the Housing of Urban Development (HUD).

See also: Equal Opportunity for All, & Fair Housing Laws


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