The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race in all housing transactions. In 2020, the National Fair Housing Alliance reported that 16.47% of all fair housing complaints filed the previous year involved discrimination on the basis of race.
It is illegal for housing providers – such as landlords, property manager, real estate agents, brokers, mortgage lenders, and insurance companies – to treat someone differently because of his or her actual race or perceived race, or because the person is multiracial or in a relationship with someone of a different race. A housing provider may also not discriminate against a current or prospective tenant because they associate with people of a particular race.
Discrimination on the basis of race may look like:
- Steering prospective tenants exclusively towards buildings or neighborhoods occupied by residents of the same racial background
- Harassing or insulting a tenant based on their racial background
- Harassing or insulting a tenant based on the racial background of their family members or guests
Have you experienced discrimination? Call HOPE at 630-690-6500