Housing Discrimination

by San Antonio Attorney

Housing discrimination is a common issue across America, and it is not usually reported to the authorities.  A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) shows that every year there are about two million instances of housing discrimination that take place, but it is rarely reported.  This is because most people do not know that they have been discriminated.  Most homebuyers and renters do not recognize which practices are against the Fair Housing Act.

The Fair Housing Act protect against discrimination in housing based on:

Disability

Familial status

National origin

Color or race

Sex

Religion

Under the law, these are considered illegal activities:

Refuse to sell or rent housing

Decline to negotiate for housing

Make property not available

Offer different terms, conditions, or benefits for rental or sale

Give different property facilities or services

Falsely deny availability of a house for inspection

Blockbusting

Housing discrimination problems can be filed in writing or by phone, with HUD and/or with local fair housing enforcement agencies.

Legal consequences for Fair Housing Act violations are based on whether the complaint is processed via HUD, court, or elsewhere.  The penalties include punitive damages, fines and attorney fees.  The amount of time you will have to devote defending any claim is also factored in.

HUD has a record of all complaints that they have processed and it is available to the public.  All HUD complaints from 2004 up to the present are recorded.  They include the press releases, specifics of the complaint and property owner information.

You have the right to fair housing.  It’s not an option.  It’s the law.  If you think your rights to fair housing have been violated, you can consult a Real Estate Attorney to help you determine your legal options.  

 

 

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