The NJ Division on Civil Rights issued an updated legal memorandum detailing the rights of property buyers and renters under state and federal law, as well as the obligations of property sellers and real estate professionals.
The memorandum must, by rule of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission, be provided by licensed real estate brokers and salespersons to anyone listing a property with them for rent or sale. The expanded memorandum dated August 2018 supersedes earlier versions and is available to all members of the public at nj.gov/oag/dcr.
What is the Fair Housing Act?
It is a set of laws that:
- Prohibits discrimination in advertisement, listing, sale and rental of residential properties on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status
- Sets certain requirements for accessible design in new construction.
- Covers all building, structures, and vacant land designed or intended for residential occupancy by one or more families or individuals.
- Includes condos, single-story townhouses, garden apartments, vacation timeshares, dormitories, homeless shelters.
- Requires covered buildings with an elevator to make all units in buildings accessible.
- Requires covered buildings without an elevator to make all ground-floor units (including ground floors at different levels in the same building) accessible.
For detailed information, call the Fair Housing information hotline (1-800-390-4845) or consult an attorney.
April of 2018 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act
Here are some reference links:
HUD Regional Offices For New Jersey and New York:
New York Regional Office of FHEO
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
26 Federal Plaza, Room 3532
New York, New York 10278-0068
TTY (212) 264-0927