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Do fair housing laws apply when buying?

On Behalf of | May 27, 2022 | Real Estate Law |

Most people know fair housing laws apply to renters. These laws say landlords cannot discriminate against applicants for rental housing.

The Department of Law & Public Safety explains fair housing laws help prevent property owners from not renting or selling to someone due to a protected status, such as race or religion. The law protects anyone in any housing situation, including those buying.

Protected classes

Housing discrimination laws protect a variety of people. They are similar to other discrimination protected classes and cover, race, religion, national origin, pregnancy, disability, marital status, family status, gender identity, and sexual orientation. They also protect military members. Protected classes generally include those who are most susceptible to discrimination. Making laws like the fair housing act helps to provide them protection and ensure an even playing field.

Protection for home buyers

The law extends protections for homebuyers in that it prohibits real estate agents from not showing properties to someone based on a protected attribute. For example, if a Jewish couple wants to look at homes in a neighborhood that is mainly Christian, the agent must show them the homes. Sellers also cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their membership in a protected class.

Additional protection

The fair housing law also protects your right to make a complaint about treatment you receive from someone that you feel is discriminatory. It states that a person cannot retaliate against you for exercising this right.

Fair housing laws are not just for renters. Many people mistakenly believe this. They protect home buyers as well. Everyone should have access to housing without discrimination playing a role.