The Fair Housing Act was enacted in 1968 as part of civil-rights legislation. The law prohibits discrimination in home sales, financing and rental based on the seven protected classes that include:
- Familial Status
The Colorado law includes these additional protected classes:
Please note that the city you live in may have additional protected classes, which are added to the list of federal and state protected classes.
If you believe you have faced housing discrimination or have questions about fair housing, call
A Housing Navigator will connect you with a fair-housing investigator or a HUD-approved housing counselor to discuss your situation and point you in the right direction.
TIPS ON IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
- You're told one thing on the phone, but when you arrive in person the terms, price, availability, etc. are different.
- What you're told on the phone is different from what's in the advertisement.
- You're told that you might "be more comfortable" living somewhere else or that a different apt building might be better situation for you.
- You're told an inordinate amount of times about background, criminal or legal status checks.
- You're told "this is an active community" or "this is independent living," and there is no other reason to state this.
- Generally discouraging statements and/or total silence when looking at properties.
- People who have children under 18 --> You're told that you can only live in a particular building or on a particular floor, etc.
- You're told there's a no pets policy, even if you have a service animal.
- Refusal to provide handicapped parking.
It is illegal to discriminate by:
- Lying about availability
- Threatening or intimidating
- Refusing to sell or rent
- Using different terms and conditions
- Using discriminatory advertising
- Using steering methods
Fair Housing laws do not protect against selection based on:
- Felony record
- Credit score
- Past eviction
- General appearance
If you think you may be facing housing discrimination, you should consider whether or not you have encountered differential treatment. When two people who are similarly qualified are treated differently because of one of the identified protected classes.
The DENVER METRO FAIR HOUSING CENTER (DMFHC) recognizes the importance of "home" as a component of the American Dream. We envision our state and country free of housing discrimination, where every individual, group, and community enjoys equal housing opportunities and access in a bias-free and open housing market. To learn more about the vision of DMFHC, click here.