Housing Discrimination Article


Fair Housing For All: It's the Law!

Housing Discrimination Still Exists

Despite a wide range of housing opportunities throughout Arizona, the doors of homes, apartments, mobile homes and condominiums are closed to many citizens because of illegal discrimination. Complaints and testing by the Fair Housing Centers in Arizona indicates that discrimination is a common practice, frequently undetected by home seekers who are unlawfully denied access to housing.

Fair Housing Laws

The U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1968 declared a national policy of fair housing throughout the United States. Title VIII of that federal law, as amended by Congress in 1988, prohibits discrimination based upon the race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap or familial status (children) of those seeking housing.

In Arizona, State Fair Housing laws are equivalent to federal law. In some communities local ordinances also make it illegal to deny housing based on age, marital status or sexual orientation.

The Fair Housing laws protect the right of each home seeker to equal opportunity in the purchase, sale, rental, leasing, financing, insuring and advertising of housing.

Signs of Housing Discrimination

  • Refusing to sell, rent, or show available housing
  • Only showing housing in areas of minority concentration
  • Harassment or intimidation
  • Housing advertisement with discriminatory statements or displaying no minorities in group scenes
  • Differing terms for identical dwellings
  • Extensive questioning prior to offering or providing information about the availability of housing
  • Being told the dwelling is not appropriate for your family
  • Terms or availability change between phone contact and visit
  • You are not contacted after acceptance of your application
  • Dwelling has an available sign but you are told it is not available
  • Refusing to make a reasonable accommodation or allow a modification to make the dwelling accessible for a person with a disability
  • Refusal to finance the purchase of a home or write property insurance or offering non-standard and unfavorable terms.

If You Believe That You or Someone You Know Has Been Discriminated Against

  • Record the experiences. Write down names of individuals, companies, addresses, phone numbers, dates, times and witnesses involved.
  • Make notes of conversations or incidents that might indicate discrimination.
  • Keep copies of advertising, letters or other relevant information.
  • If you know a person of the opposite sex, or different race, etc., who received a different answer than you did, make a note of their name and address.
  • Contact a legal aid organization near you.

Comments:

On 8/23/07
Paula said
I believe i was discriminated against when i was homeless and went to the HUD housing department in Surprise and was told all they had available was The Projects,believe me when your homeless you do care where its at.

QUESTIONS

  • I am currently looking for a home to rent and have a profile on a housing site. I recently inquired about a rental home. The homeowner contacted me and asked me a series of questions. She then text me how I afford rent and utilities on Long Term Disability and also stated she is worried that my boyfriend who would be on the lease works out of town. My question is are they allowed to profile you like that. Clearly I wouldn't inquire in the home if we could not afford it. She asked if I was aware of the rental price and I expressed we pay more now where we live. She set a showing and now ignores my call
  • hi my landlords are refusing to do anew lease they are thing of selling the realtor gave us a 60 day notice but i haven,t found anything yet i still have to pay them rent and they wont fix the home where i live at
  • Are Homeowners Associations subject to State and Federal Fair housing discrimination laws?
  • I've been at this apartment for two years my lease is up on the 28th of February I never been late on a payment anyting and now the apartment complex wants me to move out don't want to renew my lease do I have a case
  • Are landlords allowed to park across the street and watch a unit at 2:30am ? only to later use what he or she saw as evidence in an informal hearing to terminate a tenant?
  • Is it the managers job to notice tenants if any kind of substance if being strayed around the premises. As a precautionary measure, specially those with younger kids?
  • My mother owns a 2 bedroom mobile home and my sister and 2 of her children moved in to take cate of my mother but land lord won’t except my sister staying cause they said is too many of them what is the limit for a two bedroom mobile home I was under the impression that is 2 person per bedroom??
  • what can i do to az landlord who raised rent in retaliation to my tenancy
  • I am 6 months pregnant.The person renting me a room is not allowing me in the house.This happened when she moved my belongings without saying a word and when I asked for her to return them, she kept some and returned others, and I confronted her about them civilly through text because she does not allow me to get in a word.The items are low in value, it was the principle that my property is not safe.She has brought her mom over to the house who is trying to say she is not leaving. What can I do? I have scheduled to have a sheriff come to speak with us.
  • Do I have to run credit on everyone that turns in an application to rent my property? What are fair reasons to deny the application without running a background? I have an applicant threatenubg to file a complaint on a violation of the fair housing act, citing race as her reason. honestly, i’m not sure what race she even is but I denied her because she stated on her application that she filed for bankruptcy in 2010. What is fair in this instance? Are there printed guidelines for landlords to follow when accepting a renter?

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