Who does Fair Housing protect?
The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and familial status (protected classes). Californians are further protected from discrimination on the basis of age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, sexual identification, AIDS/HIV, medical condition, political activities and affiliation, military or veteran status, and/or being domestic violence survivors.
Where & When is Fair Housing discrimination occurring?
Despite the Federal Fair Housing Act, discrimination is still very prevalent in communities all over the United States. The following are just a few of the many examples of discrimination in Fair Housing:
- One investigation found that a nationwide mortgage lender had systematically charged higher interest rates to Hispanic and African-American borrowers.
- Additionally, there have been cases like in Virginia Beach where landlords refused to rent to families with three or more children.
- Lastly, disability continues to be the leading cause for discrimination in Fair Housing. In Connecticut a landlord refused to grant a tenant reasonable accommodation for her assistance dog which helped her with her cerebral palsy, seizure disorder, and depression.
What are some common unlawful acts of discrimination?
- Refusing to sell a property because of a person’s protected class
- Restricting loans or targeting higher cost loans to people based on their protected class or the neighborhood where the home is located
- Falsely denying that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental
- Failing to provide reasonable accommodations to a person with a disability
How do we stop discrimination in Fair Housing?
Knowing your rights is the first step to fighting housing discrimination. Educate yourself with the facts and contact CSA San Diego County. Our services are completely free!