Do You Know the Fair Housing Act Protected Classes?

Renae Virata | January 9, 2017 | Best Practices

Do You Know the Fair Housing Protected Classes?Fair Housing Month may not be until April, but it’s never too early to brush up as a real estate agent on the Fair Housing protected classes, nationally and for your state. Why is this important? As you know as a real estate agent, the information you divulge and the actions that you take cannot in any way discriminate against any person based on one of the protected classes.

We put together the protected classes in all 50 states to make sure that you kick your year off to a great legal start. But first, let’s start with the seven protected classes recognized on the federal level.

Fair Housing Act – National Level

The Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) seeks to “eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities by leading the nation in the enforcement, administration, development, and public understanding of federal fair housing policies and laws.

The FHEO protects people from discrimination based on seven classes:

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  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • National origin
  • Disability (mental or physical)
  • Familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18)

States with the Same Protected Classes as Federal Law

Of the 50 states and Washington DC, those below protect that same classes as the Federal Fair Housing Act. We’ve also included the authority that provides the most information on local fair housing laws in each state.

States with Additional Protected Classes

The other states, including the District of Columbia, include protected classes in addition to those covered by the Fair Housing Act. Some states have

Last updated January 9, 2017. This post is for informative purposes only based on a compilation of information from various online resources. We are not liable for any actions taken or results as a consequence of the information shared here. Consult your broker for final confirmation on any local and state laws regarding this topic. 

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