Does this ad violate fair-housing laws?

Translate this page
A computer-generated white basic house with a red roof and red for-sale sign in front of it

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.

Read more fair-housing Legal FAQs on

Categories: Legal, Renters
Tags: legal, legal faq, fair housing, buyers, sellers, advertising, hud, advertisement, ad


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…...”

Leave a Comment

Read our commenting policy

advertise with us

Legal disclaimer

The material provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be considered as legal advice for your particular matter. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Applicability of the legal principles discussed in this material may differ substantially in individual situations.

While the Texas Association of REALTORS® has used reasonable efforts in collecting and preparing materials included here, due to the rapidly changing nature of the real estate marketplace and the law, and our reliance on information provided by outside sources, the Texas Association of REALTORS® makes no representation, warranty, or guarantee of the accuracy or reliability of any information provided here or elsewhere on Any legal or other information found here, on, or at other sites to which we link, should be verified before it is relied upon.

Advice for REALTORS®

Can you name these interior home features?

What you don’t know about Texas license holders

How to talk to your clients about student debt

Does a property need to be rekeyed if the owner was the previous occupant?


More advice for REALTORS®