What fair housing means to you
04/15/2014 | Author: Editorial Staff
You've heard the term fair housing, but what does it mean when you're buying or leasing property? Here's some information courtesy of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs:
Basically, fair-housing laws ensure that discrimination doesn't serve as an obstacle to your housing choices. Federal law prohibits someone from discriminating against you in the sale, rental, and financing of housing units based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, handicap, or familial status.
Most of those categories are self-explanatory, but how about familial status?
That means that you may not be discriminated against because your household includes children under age 18 living with a parent or legal guardian, a person who has legal custody or seeking legal custody of a child or children, or a woman who is pregnant. (The exception to this rule is a development or community that qualifies as housing for older people.)
You don't have to be denied housing to be the subject of discrimination.
For example, if a landlord requires families to live on certain floors of an apartment building or charges extra for children, that could qualify as a violation of fair-housing laws. Visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's website for more answers to your questions about fair housing.
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