These days, housing discrimination is usually subtler than a slammed door or rude statement. Unsuspecting house or apartment seekers may be politely turned away from the home of their choice, even though they are qualified to live there. Conozca Sus Derechos de Vivienda Justa.
If you’ve heard remarks such as these or other discouraging comments while looking for a place to live, you may have experienced housing discrimination:
- “We don’t rent to more than two people for a two-bedroom apartment.”
- “We don’t rent to people who don’t have a job, even if you get disability benefits.”
- “I’m sorry, but I can’t work with your translator.”
- “We don’t rent to families; most people in this building are older.”
- “You can’t build a ramp for access to the building—it won’t look good.”
- “This is a Christian community. You might not feel comfortable here.”
- “We just rented the apartment.” But the unit still is available the next day.
Protect yourself from housing discrimination!
Contact Open Communities’ fair housing staff.
- Document the problem by writing down what happens during meetings and phone calls with the landlord, property manager, real estate agent, loan officer or insurance agent.
- Keep detailed records as to what was said and the outcome.
- Save all receipts, copies of application forms, business cards and other relevant documents.
- Don’t delay if you’re considering filing a complaint—there are time limits from 180 days to two years, depending on where the housing is located.
Our fair housing experts will evaluate the facts of your situation and talk with you about your rights and options.