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Definition of Discrimination

 HOUSING DISCRIMINATION Illegal housing practices can affect people of all races, religions, and nationality. Disabled people, people with children, and women may also find themselves facing housing discrimination at some point in their lives.

Though these practices are unfair and against the law, they still occur. They can include:

·         Having a “No Children” policy

·         Disallowing canine assistants such as guide dogs

·         Evicting tenants of a certain race

·         Not renting to interracial couples

Fortunately, the Fair Housing Act prohibits unfair housing practices. The FHA covers not only renting, but also mortgage lending. No one can discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap. It also makes it illegal to threaten or harass anyone who exercises their rights under the FHA.

A number of other laws serve to protect the individual in search of housing, including Section 109 of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 and Title II of the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990.

These law and others do a reasonably good job of protecting the rights of citizens, but there are still many reported cases of housing discrimination. If a person feels that he or she is the victim of some form of housing discrimination, they should contact their State or local fair housing agency.

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