Fair Housing Act 1968

It’s a hot summer in 1958. The kids are out with their 1 cent bubble gum they got from a pack of playing cards.  Across the street old lady Beth is rounding all the people together at the local diner.  Across the street you hear “You better get off my property, boy.”  “There is no way I am renting to someone like YOU.”  You look over and an angry man is yelling at someone with a different ethnic background.  In 1958 this would be considered OK.  Luckily there were some smart politicians who, during the civil rights movement, put a stop to discrimination of this kind.  The Fair Housing Act was created in 1968.  This act was meant to protect everyone, from the landlords to the tenants. There are some important facts that you will want to know.

  1. Refusal to sell or rent a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, handicap, national origin, marital status, or gender is prohibited.  If you find yourself in this kind of position you need to make sure your doing the right thing by the law.  Otherwise you can find yourself in a legal situation.
  2. Posting any advertisement indicating a preference or discrimination due to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, marital status, gender is prohibited.
  3. Coercing, threatening, intimidating, or interfering with a person’s enjoyment or exercise of housing rights based on any discriminatory reasons,  as well as retaliating against any person or organization that aids the exercise or enjoyment of fair housing rights is prohibited.
  4. Setting different terms, conditions, or privileges for any type of rental or property for sale is also prohibited.

Sometimes life finds us in funny places.  One day you can be renting to one of the best tenants of all time.  The next day you can be getting sued for not letting some rent to you.  Thankfully, these rules that have been put in place in order to protect tenant’s  rights as well as the Landlord’s.

What do you think of the FRCA rules?  Do you think they go far enough?  Do you know anyone that has ran into a problem before?

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    • bretton danger varn
    • March 29th, 2011

    Would it be safe to just pick tenants based on credit score? What if all those people happen to be one race? I guess what Im trying to say is how does one save his own ass in this situation?

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