Fair Housing Act

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Fair Housing Act

Legislation in the United States, passed in 1968, that prohibited discrimination in the sale or rental of a private home based on the buyer's or renter's race, religion, or national origin. The Act was later amended to include gender, ability, and families with children under its protected classes. Critics allege that it provides few enforcement mechanisms and discrimination still occurs. It is also called the Civil Rights Act of 1968. See also: Community Reinvestment Act.

Fair Housing Act.

The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate, in any phase of selling or renting real estate, against anyone on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, family status, or national origin.

However, there are exceptions for religious organizations and private clubs if those organizations are providing rooms for the convenience of their members on a noncommercial basis.

If you feel you are the victim of housing discrimination, you can file a complaint with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or file a suit in federal or state court.

Fair Housing Act

A federal law originally passed in 1968. The law prohibits discrimination by landlords, real estate agents, municipalities, lenders, and homeowners' insurance companies, if the discriminatory practices make housing unavailable to people because of race or color,religion,sex, national origin,family status,or disability.Discrimination includes such things as steering,redlining, and imposing greater requirements on some groups than on others.Limited accessibility that makes housing practically unavailable for persons with disabilities is a form of discrimination. Housing providers may not unreasonably limit the number of people living in a unit or restrict families to only certain areas of a complex.It is,however,legal to limit a project to people over 55,as allowed by the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995.The many faces of discrimination are varied and sometimes subtle. It is recommended that all persons involved in real estate become thoroughly familiar with the law.

The Department of Justice may file civil or criminal actions for violations. Individuals who have been discriminated against may file a complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development or file suit in state or federal court.There is currently a thriving litigation industry in consumer protection groups using individuals to attempt obtaining housing, lending, or insurance and then suing under the Act when they encounter discrimination. (More information may be found at the Web site for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, www.hud.gov/offices/fheo/index.cfm,and at 42 USC §3601 and subsequent sections.)

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The grants will be used to enforce the Fair Housing Act through investigation and testing of alleged discriminatory practices, and to educate housing providers, local governments, and potential victims of housing discrimination about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.
Fortunately, through the Fair Housing Act, there are laws that require property owners to make, or allow residents to make, a home accessible for those with specific or special needs.
While the Fair Housing Act outlawed the denial of housing to an individual based on race, color, religion, sex, or nationality when it was established in 1968, those with criminal backgrounds were not protected under the law.
ICP sued the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs in 2008 under sections 804(a) and 805(a) of the Fair Housing Act, saying that too many tax credits were allocated for housing in mostly black areas and too few in mostly white areas, causing housing segregation.
WHEREAS, the federal Fair Housing Act ("The Act"), prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status and disability; and
Congress hoped to end historic patterns of segregation by passing the Fair Housing Act, which required governments getting federal money to"affirmatively further" fair housing goals.
I am pleased that the Supreme Court has affirmed that the Fair Housing Act encompasses disparate impact claims, which are an essential tool for realizing the act's promise of fair and open access to housing opportunities for all Americans," Lynch said.
The Fair Housing Act is important to staff members of the Senior Transition Guide because it was designed to allow homeowners and renters to choose where they want to live and protect them from discrimination.
Thanks to the Fair Housing Act, reprehensible policies such as redlining, subsidies for segregated communities and racially exclusive zoning - policies that allowed white property owners to refuse to sell or rent to minorities and that corralled public housing projects in inner-city ghettos - are no longer the norm in America.
This Article argues that in order to have a chance at achieving the goal of its sponsors--"to replace the ghettos [with] truly integrated and balanced living patterns,"--the Fair Housing Act cannot just take aim at the aberrant individual who intentionally denies a person housing because of his or her race.
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.
Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced a $90,000 conciliation agreement involving Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the law firm of Bowditch & Dewey LLP and the seller of a home in Worcester, settling allegations they violated the Fair Housing Act by preventing the sale of a house to be used as a group home for people with disabilities.

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