NEW: Fair Housing Survey for Real Estate, Lending and Housing Professionals
What is Fair Housing?
The Fair Housing Act protects people from inequity in nearly all housing rental and sales transactions. The federal Fair Housing
Act of 1968 and the federal Fair Housing Act Amendments Act of 1988 prohibits discrimination in housing because of:
- Race or color
- National origin
- Familial status
Exemption: The Act does not include owner-occupied building with four units or less, single family housing (sold or rented) without
a real estate broker, housing operated by organizations or private clubs that limit occupancy to members, and housing reserved
exclusively for seniors.
What’s not allowed (based on race, color origin, religion, familial status, sex, or disability):
- Advertising or making any statement that indicates a limitation or preference (includes exempt properties)
- Refusal to rent or sell housing
- Refusal to negotiate for housing
- Making housing unavailable
- Denying a dwelling
- Setting different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling
- Providing different housing services or facilities
- Falsely denying that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental
- For profit, persuading owners to sell or rent (blockbusting)
- Denying anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale or
rental of housing.
In Mortgage Lending:
- Refusal to make a mortgage loan
- Refusal to provide information regarding loans
- Imposing different terms or conditions on a loan, such as different interest rates, points or fees
- Discriminating in appraising property
- Refusal to purchase a loan or
- Setting different terms or conditions for purchasing a loan
It is illegal for anyone to threaten, coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting
others who exercise that right.
If you feel your fair housing rights have been violated and would like to learn more about the complaint process, please contact
the Colorado Civil Rights Division at 303-894-2997 or toll free at 1-800-262-4845, or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at 303-672-5437, toll free at 1-800-877-7353 or TTY 303-672-5248.