Sunday, June 12, 2011

Discrimination in Housing



What does discrimination mean in housing? The Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio has defined discriminatory housing practices as follows.

The Fair Housing Act provides that in the rental and sale of most housing, it is unlawful for any housing provider to take any of the following actions against a person because of his or her race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and/or handicap:

  • Refuse to rent or sell housing
  • Refuse to negotiate for housing
  • Impose different sale prices or rental charges for a dwelling
  • Evict tenants because of their race or the race of their guests
  • Otherwise make housing unavailable or deny housing
  • Set different terms, conditions, or privileges for the rental or sale of a dwelling (example: a landlord cannot demand an additional security deposit because you are disabled or have children)
  • Deny or limit services because a tenant refused to provide sexual favors
  • Delay or fail to perform maintenance or repairs to dwelling units
  • Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental
  • Advertise or make any statement with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination (example: a landlord cannot post an advertisement that states, “Two bedroom, two bath for rent, $600 a month, NO KIDS, ADULTS ONLY”)
  • Assign any person to a particular section of a complex or neighborhood or to a particular floor of a building
  • Discourage the purchase or rental of a dwelling by exaggerating drawbacks or failing to inform any person of desirable features of a dwelling, community, neighborhood, or development
  • Communicate to any prospective resident that he or she would not be comfortable with existing residents of a community, neighborhood, or development
  • Threaten, coerce, or intimidate anyone for exercising his/her fair housing rights or for assisting others in exercising their rights