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In addition, it is illegal for anyone to:

  • Threaten, coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise that right

  • Advertise or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap. This prohibition against discriminatory advertising applies to single-family and owner-occupied housing even if that housing is otherwise exempt from the Fair Housing Act

What is meant by "conduct which discourages or makes unavailable" housing? Examples of prohibited conduct include failing to inform an applicant of a protected class

of the availability of privileges, services, or facilities associated with the complex. Also, conduct

which discourages members of a protected classfrom applying for housing directly or by failing

to inform applicants who are members of a protected class of the availability of marketing

promotions or rent reductions.

I am a single mother with three small children. I am having a difficult time finding rental

housing. Am I protected by the Fair Housing Laws? Yes, a landlord may not discriminate based on family status.

That is, it may not

discriminate against families in which one or more children under the age of 18 live with:

  • A parent;

  • A person who has legal custody of the child or children; or

  • The designee of the parent or legal custodian, with the parent or

custodian's written permission. Familial status protection also applies to pregnant women and anyone in the process of securing

legal custody of a child under ghteen (18) years of age. The only exception is for housing

designated

for

older

persons.

To

qualify

this

exception,

the

HUD

Secretary

must

have

determined that the housing is specifically desgned for and occupied by elderly persons under a

federal, state or local government program or it is occupied solely by persons who are 62 or older

or it houses at least one person who is 55 or older in at least 80 percent of the occupied units, and

adheres to a policy that demonstrates an intent to house persons who are 55 or older.

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