The Fair Housing Act is a federal law enforced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The Fair Housing Act protects tenants and prospective homebuyers of any race, color, religion, national origin or gender, including people with disabilities and families with children, against housing discrimination.
Examples of Housing Discrimination
- Refusing to sell to, rent to, or otherwise deal with an interested tenant or buyer.
- Real estate professionals or companies steering customers to certain neighborhoods or making claims about the racial makeup of an area.
- Lying about the availability of housing by telling people of color, families or a disabled person that an apartment is already taken, when it is not.
- Refusing to permit reasonable accommodations for assistive aides, assistive animals, parking, or physical modifications to existing properties.
If you feel that you have been discriminated against while looking for housing, a mortgage or homeowners insurance, you can contact the follow agencies:
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Greensboro Regional Office
North Carolina Department of Administration
Human Relations Commission (NCHRC)
Toll Free: 866.324.7474
North Carolina Housing Coalition