The Fair Housing Act is a federal law that prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. It was passed in 1968 and amended in 1988. The Fair Housing Act applies to all housing, including single-family homes, apartments, condos, and mobile homes. It also applies to housing-related activities, such as lending, insurance, and real estate.
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in ALL aspects of housing, including:
based on protected characteristics.
The Fair Housing Act also prohibits discrimination in housing-related advertising. It is illegal to advertise housing in a way that suggests that it is not available to people of certain protected characteristics.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against in housing, you can file a complaint. HUD will investigate your complaint and take appropriate action. You can also file a lawsuit in federal court.