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