Fair housing refers to federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination and unfair treatment in any activity related to the sale or rental of housing. Additionally, fair housing accounts for equal opportunities for financing or other related transactions and in the provision of housing-related services.
Passed in 1968, the Federal Fair Housing Act establishes the right for a person to choose where they live and to live there with dignity and without discrimination. The Fair Housing Act ensures the accessibility of all forms of available housing to all people regardless of certain racial, cultural or physical factors. The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination based on someone’s race, color, religion, national origin, gender/sex, family status, physical disability, and/or mental disability.