Fair Housing / Housing Counseling Program for Renters, Homeowners and Landlords
The goal of the Fair Housing/ Housing Counseling Program is to help residents maintain housing stability, which is key to family well-being. The Fair Housing Program provides the following services to rental tenants, homeowners and landlords:
- Tenant and landlord mediation
- Default counseling to homeowners
- Investigation of discrimination complain
- Real estate advertisement monitoring
- Plan reviews for accessibility requirements
- Referrals and community outreach
What actions are illegal?
It is unlawful for any person, including, but not limited to, owners, landlords, agents, real estate brokers, real estate salespersons, trustees, mortgagors, financial institution, title companies and/or insurance companies to:
- Discriminate against any person in the sale, lease, rental or any other condition involving housing. Also, to discriminate in the extension of mortgage loans, insurance or any other services related to the financing and/or transfer of interest in any dwelling.
- Discriminate in the terms, conditions or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling. Print, publish or advertise sale or rental of a dwelling which indicates preference, limitations or discrimination.
- Represent to any person that a house is not available for inspection, sale or rental, when such a house is, in fact available. Induce, or attempt to induce, for profit, any person to sell or rent a house by representation regarding the entry or prospective entry into the neighborhood of a person or persons of a particular race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation or gender identity.
What are the warning signs?
- An apartment manager takes your lease application and you are never contacted.
- You are told that only married couples can purchase the unit.
- A vacancy sign appears in the window, you and your child go into the office to inquire, but the manager tells you there are no longer any units available.
- Even though there are multiple vacancies at a complex, management tells you that you cannot move in right away and are placed on a waiting list, but your friend is told they can move in right away.
- Your rental deposit and/or monthly rent are a higher amount than that of other tenants.
- You are directed away from a neighborhood because “the neighbors might not be friendly” .
- An Ad in the paper continues to appear after you were told that it was rented.
- You are told a higher selling price for a home than what was advertised, or what you hear others being told.
- Your real estate agent only shows you homes on certain parts of towns.
- A Mortgage Company or bank of your choice refuses to approve a loan even though you qualify.