April 11, 2008
This year marks the 40-year-anniversary of Fair Housing Month. On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act to secure the rights of individuals as part of a series of civil rights laws. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing. It’s a very important mark in U.S. history and furthers the civil movements to ensure everyone’s rights are equal and protected. No one shall feel discriminated or mistreated for the colors of their skins.
According to NAR:
The home seller, the home seeker, and the real estate professional all have rights and responsibilities under the law.
For the Home Seller
As a home seller or landlord you have a responsibility and a requirement under the law not to discriminate in the sale, rental and financing of property on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. You cannot instruct the licensed broker or salesperson acting as your agent to convey for you any limitations in the sale or rental because the real estate professional is also bound by law not to discriminate. Under the law, a home seller or landlord cannot establish discriminatory terms or conditions in the purchase or rental; deny that housing is available, or advertise that the property is available only to persons of a certain race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.
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