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HUD also has a toll-free number (8669-9777 and a TDD number (800) 927-9275.

Alternatively, you can write to HUD at the above address. To file a complai t under state law,

or for information on Georgia’s Fair Housing Law, you should contact the Fair Housing Division

of the Commission on Equal Opportunity. Thaoffice can be reachedat (404) 656-1736 or 1-

800-473-OPEN or write to:

Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity 229 Peachtree St. NE 710 Peachtree Tower Atlanta, GA 30303 404-656-1736

What will happen if I do file a housing discrimination complaint? HUD will notify you when it receives your com laint. If HUD has d termined that your

state or local agency has the same fair housing powers as HUD, HUD will refer your complaint

to that agency for investigationand notify you of the referral. That agency must begin work on

days

or

HUD

complaint

and

your

complaint

within

30

alleged

violator

of

your

may

take

it

back.

permits

that

person

Normally,

to

submit

HUD

also

an

answer.

notifies

the

HUD

will

investigate your complaint and determine whetherthere is reasonable cause to believe the Fair

Housing Act has been violated. If HUD cannot complete an investigation within 100 days of

receiving your complaint, it will notify you. Once the investigation is complete, HUD will try to

reach

an

agreement

with

the

person

your

complt i is

against.

This

is

called

a

conciliation

agreement and must protect bothyou and the public interest. If an agreement is signed, HUD

will take no further action on your complaint. However, if HUD has reasonable cause to believe

that a conciliation agreement is breached, HUD will recommend that the Attorney General file

suit. If a conciliation agreement cannot be reaced, there may be an administrative hearing on

your complaint unless you or the rspondent want the case to be head in federal district court.

Either way, there is no cost to you.

If your case goes to an administrative h ing HUD attorneys will litigate the case on

your

behalf.

You

may

intervee

in

the

case

and

be

repres ted

by

your

own

attorney

if

you

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