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Fair Housing - Overview

April may be Fair Housing Month, but Fair Housing is never out of season. The Houston Apartment Association wants to increase public and professional awareness about Fair Housing laws and housing.

HAA has a longstanding commitment to fair and equal housing for all. Fair Housing awareness helps ensure that all of Houston's residents can find housing free from discrimination. HAA members represent a broad cross-section of the Houston apartment industry. The association works throughout the year to promote Fair Housing awareness for apartment residents and for multifamily professionals alike.

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About the Fair Housing Act

Enacted on April 11, 1968, the
Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of race or color; national origin; religion; sex; familial status (including children under the age of 18 who are living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18); and handicap (disability).

In the sale and rental of housing, no one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap:

  • Refuse to rent or sell housing;
  • Refuse to negotiate for housing;
  • Make housing unavailable;
  • Deny a dwelling;
  • Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling;
  • Provide different housing services or facilities;
  • Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental;
  • Persuade owners to sell or rent (blockbusting) or
  • Deny anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing.