Fair Housing vs. Unfair Housing

Do you know the difference?

Knowing the difference between fair housing and unfair housing isn't as obvious as you might think. This blog aims to present a variety of important and interesting fair housing issues.

If you're an apartment professional, avoid costly mistakes by reading the stories of others who — even with good intentions — learned compliance lessons the hard way. (For the easy way, click here.)

If you live in an apartment, get familiar with your rights when it comes to housing discrimination, as well as your options for seeking justice.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

It's Fair Housing Month... Do You Know Which Protected Classes Your State Law Includes?

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) is a federal law that protects tenants across the United States from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and familial status. But many states, as well as the District of Columbia, have their own fair housing laws that go beyond the FHA, offering protection to many more tenants under a wider range of circumstances.

These states do this by including additional protected classes in their laws, such as age, marital status, military status, sexual orientation, and source of income, for example.

Use this interactive listing I put together of state fair housing laws for About.com as a resource to check if your state has additional protected classes.

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