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About Fair Housing

 

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® has developed a Fair Housing Program to provide resources and guidance to REALTORS® in ensuring equal professional services for all people.

The Law
Civil Rights Act of 1866
The Civil Rights Act of 1866 prohibits all racial discrimination in the sale or rental of property.

Fair Housing Act
The Fair Housing Act declares a national policy of fair housing throughout the United States. The law makes illegal any discrimination in the sale, lease or rental of housing, or making housing otherwise unavailable because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

Americans with Disabilities Act
Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against the disabled in places of public accommodations and commercial facilities.

Equal Credit Opportunity Act
The Equal Credit Opportunity Act makes discrimination unlawful with respect to any aspect of a credit application on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age or because all or part of the applicant’s income derives from any public assistance program.

Protected Classes Under Equal Opportunity in Housing Laws

Federal State of Wisconsin*
race race
color color
religion religion
national origin national origin
sex sex
handicap ancestry
familial status age
  disability
  marital status
  lawful source of income
  sexual orientation
  familial status

* Exceptions: projects designed specifically for elderly or the disabled.
* Local municipalities also have the option of having additional protected classes (e.g. students). Please contact the local municipality if you are unsure about an area.

Accessibility Features Report
The Accessibility Features Report (AFR) describes a property condition which may be desirable to a homeowner with disabilities. The AFR is described fully in WRA Legal Update 01.03 and is available on the WRA website at www.wra.org.

What Everyone Should Know About Equal Opportunity in Housing
Brochures are available at the RANW office (English & Spanish).

Other Resources
State of Wisconsin Equal Rights Division 608-266-6860
Department of Housing and Urban Development 800-669-9777 or 800-927-9275 (TYY)

For proper Equal Housing Opportunity logo usage and downloadable images, please visit the HUD website at www.hud.gov.

National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics January 2006
Article 10
REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, or sexual orientation. REALTORS® shall not be parties to any plan or agreement to discriminate against a person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, or sexual orientation. (Amended 1/11)

REALTORS®, in their real estate employment practices, shall not discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, or sexual orientation. (Amended 1/11)

Standard of Practice 10-1
  When involved in the sale or lease of a residence, REALTORS® shall not volunteer information regarding the racial, religious or ethnic composition of any neighborhood nor shall they engage in any activity which may result in panic selling, however, REALTORS® may provide other demographic information. (Adopted 1/94, Amended 1/06)
   
Standard of Practice 10-2
  When not involved in the sale or lease of a residence, REALTORS® may provide demographic information related to a property, transaction or professional assignment to a party if such demographic information is (a) deemed by the REALTOR® to be needed to assist with or complete, in a manner consistent with Article 10, a real estate transaction or professional assignment and (b) is obtained or derived from a recognized, reliable, independent, and impartial source. The source of such information and any additions, deletions, modifications, interpretations, or other changes shall be disclosed in reasonable detail. (Adopted 1/05, Renumbered 1/06)
   
Standard of Practice 10-3
  REALTORS® shall not print, display or circulate any statement or advertisment with respect to selling or renting of a property that indicates any preference, limitations or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, or sexual orientation. (Adopted 1/05, Renumbered 1/05 and 1/06, Amended 1/11)
   
Standard of Practice 10-4
  As used in Article 10 "real estate employment practices" relates to employees and independent contractors providing real-estate related services and the administrative and clerical staff directly supporting those individuals. (Adopted 1/00, Renumbered 1/05 and 1/06)

 

 

 

 


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