Fair Housing Legislation

The REALTOR® Fair Housing Program

The National Association of REALTORS® Fair Housing Program provides resources and guidance to REALTORS® in ensuring equal professional services for all people.

The NAR Code of Ethics provides that, “REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. REALTORS® shall not be parties to any plan or agreement to discriminate against a person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. REALTORS®, in their real estate employment practices, shall not discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.”

Realtors® are prohibited by law from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. A request from the home seller or landlord to act in a discriminatory manner in the sale, lease or rental cannot legally be fulfilled by the real estate professional.

Reporting Discrimination

Local associations should be contacted with complaints alleging violations of the Code of Ethics filed by a home seeker who contends discriminatory treatment in the availability, purchase or rental of housing. Local Realtor® associations have a responsibility to enforce the Code of Ethics through professional standards procedures and corrective action in cases where a violation of the Code of Ethics is proven to have occurred.

Complaints alleging discrimination in housing may be filed with the nearest office of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or by contacting them at online http://www.hud.gov .

Additional information is available on the NAR website.


Equal Opportunity Housing

The sale and purchase of a home is one of the most significant events that any person will experience in his or her lifetime. Beyond making the purchase of housing, this transaction affects the hopes, dreams, aspirations, and economic destiny of those involved.

The REALTOR® Fair Housing Program
The National Association of REALTORS® Fair Housing Program provides resources and guidance to REALTORS® in ensuring equal professional services for all people.

The NAR Code of Ethics provides that, “REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. REALTORS® shall not be parties to any plan or agreement to discriminate against a person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. REALTORS®, in their real estate employment practices, shall not discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.”

Realtors® are prohibited by law from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. A request from the home seller or landlord to act in a discriminatory manner in the sale, lease or rental cannot legally be fulfilled by the real estate professional.

Reporting Discrimination
Local associations should be contacted with complaints alleging violations of the Code of Ethics filed by a home seeker who contends discriminatory treatment in the availability, purchase or rental of housing. Local Realtor® associations have a responsibility to enforce the Code of Ethics through professional standards procedures and corrective action in cases where a violation of the Code of Ethics is proven to have occurred.

Complaints alleging discrimination in housing may be filed with the nearest office of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or by contacting them at online http://www.hud.gov. Additional information is available on the NAR website.


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted in 1992, is to assure equal access and services to disabled individuals. The ADA makes it unlawful to discriminate against people with disabilities. Title III of the Act prohibits entities that own, lease, lease to, or operate a place of public accommodation from discriminating against the disabled.

Fair Housing Handbook, Fourth Edition—Item # 166-1084
This handbook is an excellent resource for fair housing guidance, and is the most comprehensive fair housing resource available in the industry. Included are suggested fair housing office procedures, background on fair housing regulations, samples of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Equal Housing Opportunity poster and logo, equal service report forms, information on the NAR/HUD partnership and a self-assessment questionnaire.

Order online or call NAR’s Information Services at 1-800-874-6500.

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