Did you know that housing ads on the internet that say "no kids" are illegal?
The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate against families with children. This includes households with one or more children under age 18, women who are pregnant, and anyone in the process of securing legal custody of a child under the age of 18 (i.e adoption). The protection applies to parents, those with legal custody and/or the designee of a parent.
The public is generally aware that housing discrimination based on race or national origin is illegal. The same isn't true for families with children. In April, 2002, HUD released a report titled "How Much Do We Know? Public Awareness of the Nation's Fair Housing Laws." The researchers found, based on surveys, that "[t]here is minimal awareness of the law as it pertains to treatment of families with children." The report noted that only 38% of those surveyed knew that it is illegal to treat families with children differently from households without children -- a misunderstanding of the Fair Housing Act that is reinforced daily by the discrimination found on the Internet. Online discriminatory housing ads work against HUD's strategic objective of promoting and increasing public awareness of the law.
In addition to the blatant "no kids" statements, other types of discrimination against families with children include limiting families to certain floors or buildings in an apartment complex or enforcing overly restrictive occupancy standards such as "one heartbeat per bedroom."
- HUD Familial Status Fact Sheet (2008)
- HUD vs. Nilma
- On May 5, 2011, the Complainant Housing Discrimination Project, Inc. filed a complaint with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development ("HUD") alleging that Respondents Nilma Y. Fichera and N.A.G. Realty, LLC discriminated on the basis of familial status in violation of the Fair Housing Act ("the Act"). 42 U.S.C. § 3601-3619.
- HUD on behalf of the Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania
- The Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania ("Complainant")submitted a timely complaint with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development ("HUD") on or about April 4, 2011, alleging that Nevin Hill Realty Corporation and Hill Construction Corporation committed discriminatory housing practices against families with children in violation of the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. ti 3601-19 (the "Act").
- HUD on behalf of the Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia vs. Blue Valley Times
- HUD on behalf of XXXX and Four Minor Children
- Special resources related to lead-based paint and children
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