How To Ensure You Are In Compliance With The Fair Housing ACT
SELLING OR RENTING A HOME? – DID YOU KNOW?
Initial fines for a fair housing violation start at $10,000.00 and substantially increase from there.
The Fair Housing Act makes illegal any discrimination in the sale, lease or rental of housing, or making housing otherwise unavailable, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. It is illegal to refuse to sell or rent to a prospective buyer/tenant based in a protected class.
These are the protected classes as of October 1, 2017:
FEDERAL: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, familial status
NEW YORK STATE: race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, military status, pregnancy, domestic violence victim status, gender identity.
NEW YORK CITY: includes in addition to the Federal and State the following: gender (includes gender identity), partnership, alienage, citizenship status, any lawful source of income (including Section 8), lawful occupation, or because children are or may be residing with the person
NASSAU COUNTY: includes in addition to the Federal and State the following: any lawful source of income (including Section 8) and ethnicity
SUFFOLK COUNTY: includes in addition to the Federal and State the following: alienage, citizenship status, and any lawful source of income (including Section 8). (Provided by Long Island Board of Realtors.)
If you are thinking of selling, renting or leasing your house, it is wise to enlist the help of a licensed real estate agent.
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