Discrimination can appear in many forms. For renters trying to find a place to live, being affected by any form of discrimination can change the outcome of whether or not they rent in an area or move to another by either their choice or through force. The Fair Housing Act seeks to end the explicit and implicit discrimination that occurs for renters trying to find suitable housing. This article will help you understand what classes and statuses are protected and what other, less obvious, forms of discrimination might be.
The list of protected classes, as outlined by Title VIII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1968 includes these classes as protected under the Fair Housing Act:
There are also local protected classes that add extra protection to groups that would still receive discrimination for housing. For the city of Ann Arbor, those protected classes include:
For the city of Ypsilanti, these protected classes included:
If you or someone you know is a victim of a Fair Housing Act Violation, you can file a complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The best ways to file a complaint are online or by phone (1 (202) 708-1112). This will trigger an investigation to determine whether your complaint is valid. If your complaint is deemed valid, a housing specialist will argue on your behalf in front of a HUD administrative judge.
Housing Act violations can vary, depending on whether or not if the violation is the first time, or if there have been multiple violations: