Does this ad violate fair-housing laws?

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10/10/2014 | Author: Editorial Staff

Is it a fair-housing violation for a real estate ad to include “City Park is within walking distance” or “Easy walk to neighborhood schools”? Does this language discriminate against handicapped people?

No. Advertisements with this language would not appear to be violations of fair-housing laws. HUD has indicated that ads containing descriptions of properties (e.g., "fourth-floor walk-up" or "walk-in closets"), services or facilities ("jogging trails"), or neighborhoods ("walk to bus stop") do not violate the Fair Housing Act.

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Comments

Larry Hurley on 10/23/2014

A good memory tool for ‘fair housing issues in ads’ is to remember that it’s ok to describe property, area, etc., however, it is not okay to describe prospective buyers or individuals.  Just remember the famous Snorcr Fish (an acronym for sex, nat’l origin, race, color, religion (or creed), family status and handicap (disability).  Stick to describing property and avoid describing the prospects and you’re most likely in compliance of fair housing ad guidelines.

Dean Vande Hey on 10/10/2014

I guessed wrong.  I would have thought a subjective term like “easy walking” would be a violation, or at least an opening for a complaint. ..... one reason I thought using facts, such as “walking trails” or distance would place one on more solid ground.  Oh well.

Michael Brownstead on 10/10/2014

To be on the safe side, I use the phrase, “close proximity to…...”


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