The Ordinance and the Fair Housing Act prohibit discrimination because of a person's race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status (familial status means households with children under 18 years of age living with their parents or guardians, pregnant women or people securing the custody of children under 18 years of age) or national origin. Discrimination includes denial of housing or intimidation of people in their apartments, condominiums and nearly all housing transactions.

Sale or Rental:

  • Refusal to rent or sell
  • Refusal to negotiate
  • Make housing unavailable
  • Deny a dwelling
  • Set different terms, privileges or conditions for the sale or rental of a dwelling
  • Provide different housing services or facilities
  • Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale or rental
  • For profit, persuade or try to persuade homeowners to sell or rent dwellings by suggesting that people of a particular race, etc. have moved or are about to move into the neighborhood (known as blockbusting)
  • Deny any access to, or membership or participation in, any organization, facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of dwellings, or discriminate against any person in the terms or conditions of such access, membership or participation

Mortgage Lending:

  • Refusal to make a mortgage loan
  • Refusal to provide information regarding loans
  • Impose different terms or conditions on a loan, such as different interest rates, points or fees
  • Discriminate in appraising properties
  • Refuse to purchase a loan
  • Set different terms or conditions for purchasing a loan

Other violations:

  • Threaten, coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others in exercising their right
  • Make, print or publish any statement, in connection with the sale or rental of a dwelling, that indicates a preference or limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin
  • Refuse to provide homeowners insurance coverage or provide available information about coverage for a dwelling because of the race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status, or national origin of the owner and/or occupants of the dwelling
  • Discriminate in the terms or conditions of homeowners insurance coverage because of the predominant race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status or national origin of the residents of the neighborhood in which a dwelling is located (known as redlining)
  • Make, print or publish any statement, in the connection with the provision of homeowners insurance coverage that indicates a preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status or national origin

Disability Discrimination in Housing:

  • Refusal to allow a tenant to make a reasonable modification to a dwelling or common area, if necessary for the disabled person to be able to use the housing fully
  • Reasonable accommodations can also include changing rules, policies, practices or services if necessary for the disabled person to use the housing on an equal basis