Fair 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. It is more that the simple purchase of housing, for it includes the hopes, dreams, aspirations, and economic destiny of those involved.

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Real Estate Laws

  • Civil Rights Act of 1866: The Civil Rights Act of 1866 prohibits all racial discrimination in the sale or rental of property.
  • Fair Housing Act: The Fair Housing Act declares a national policy of fair housing throughout the United States. The law makes illegal any discrimination in the sale, lease or rental of housing, or making housing otherwise unavailable, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act: Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in places of public accommodations and commercial facilities.
  • Equal Credit Opportunity Act: The Equal Credit Opportunity Act makes discrimination unlawful with respect to any aspect of a credit application based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age or because all or part of the applicant’s income derives from any public assistance program.

Please Note: This is in no way intended to be a comprehensive list of all the relevant laws that may affect the real estate industry. If you have questions about relevant laws and how they may affect you or your business please seek the advice of an attorney.


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 the Fair Housing Handbook online or call NAR’s Information Services at 1-800-874-6500.

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