Examples of Housing Discrimination

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If any of the following has happened to you, you may have been denied your right to Fair Housing:

  • You are denied the right to rent or buy a house or an apartment because you have children, or you are told your family is too large.
  • You are told a house or apartment is not available when it really is, or you are treated differently from other people when you rent or buy a dwelling because of your race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, familial status, or handicap.
  • A landlord refuses to rent to you because you are disabled or refuses to make reasonable changes in the lease to enable you to use the dwelling such as waive a no-pet rule for a guide dog, or refuse to let you make necessary modifications in the structure of the dwelling so you can use it, such as installing grab bars in the bathroom.
  • You are steered to, or away from, a neighborhood or section of a community which is primarily composed of one racial or ethnic group.
  • Because of your race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, familial status, or handicap, you are unable to rent or buy a house; or a bank or other lending institution refuses to lend you money to buy or improve real estate, or the institution changes the requirements for lending you money

These are not the only situations that could involve housing discrimination. If you are unsure about whether you have been discriminated against, e-mail Human Relations or call 336-373-2038.