What types of rental housing are covered by the fair housing law? The fair housing laws cover activities terdlato the sale, rental, or advertising of
dwellings, the provision of brokerage services, or the availability of residential real estate-related
transactions. Owners of rental property are exempt from the fairhousing laws provided that the
following conditions are met:
The owner does not own or have any interest in more than three single-family houses at any one time;
The owner does not use a real estate broker, agent, or salesperson in renting the dwelling; or
The owner occupies one of the units in a building intended to be occupied by not more than four families.
In general, a landlord who owns more than three rental units, uses a real estate broker or agent to
rent the units, or advertises the units, must follow the fair housing laws.
I found an apartment that I wanted to rent. When I talked to the landlord over the telephone, it was available. However, when I went to see the unit, the landlord said it had just been leased. I feel that the landlord may have discriminated against me. What can I do?
If you think a landlord has discriminated against you, you can file a complaint with the
Department of Housing and Urban Developmen(HUD). You have one year after an alleged
violation to file a complaint with HUD, but yo should file it as soon as possible. If HUD has
determined that your state orlocal agency has the same f ir housing powers as HUD, HUD will
refer your complaint to that agency for investig tion and notify you of the referral. That agency
must begin work on your complaint within 30 days or HUDmay take your complaint back. To
file a complaint you should contact the UnStates Department of Housing and Urban
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/topics/housing_discrimination or you can print out
the form and mail it to HUD at:
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Five Points Plaza 40 Marietta Street, 16th floor Atlanta, Georgia 30303-2806