Legal FAQs for REALTORS®
Compliance with Fair-Housing Laws
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? (Updated Oct. 10, 2014)
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.
See the Fair Housing category for more fair housing-related Legal FAQs.
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