Housing discrimination can be subtle or it can be quite obvious. Here are some helpful examples of discriminatory behavior which FHU could offer assistance:
Race, Color or National Origin Discrimination:
- Your phone messages are not returned by the landlord or housing provider.
- Your housing community has a “black side” and a “white side.”
- You are told the house is rented; however you notice the house is still being advertised as available.
- You are told the security deposit is $100.00 on the phone; yet you are told the deposit is $300.00 when you meet the owner or agent face to face.
- You are white, and you are told that you cannot have visitors of a different race in your home.
- You request a reasonable accommodation for your disability and your housing provider refuses to comply.
- You request to build a ramp, or make some other modifications for your disability at your own expense, and your landlord refuses.
- You are evicted when the housing provider learns of your disability.
- You are sexually harassed by a member of the housing providers staff.
- Your landlord requests that instead of paying rent, you provide sexual favors.
- You are told “no kids.”
- You are only told about units in the “kids’ area” of a complex or only shown units on the first floor when other units are available.
- You are told that your children do not have access to facilities, such as the swimming pool or playground.
- Because of your religion, you are subjected to an increased security deposit.
- You are told only about areas of town with a synagogue or mosque.
- The rental advertisement states that the rental is for “Christians only.”
Although not protected classes as of 2011, do report suspected housing discrimination against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) persons or victims of domestic violence to the FHU for investigation.