2018 marked the 50th birthday of the Fair Housing Act. The Act is the primary legislative act that has had the greatest impact on housing and discrimination. It is important that you understand and follow fair housing regulations. We can help with our The Law of the Land - Fair Housing continued education real estate course.
The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing
The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing based on protected classes such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or familial status in the sale or lease of a residential property. The Act also prohibits discrimination in advertising and marketing.
There are 2 important things to remember to help you avoid fair housing violations.
Let your clients direct what areas they want to see and don't want to see
Do not refuse to show a property. Never assume you know what is best for your client. Spend time talking to them about their preferences, and then show them a variety of options that meet their requirements. You might have good intentions with suggesting that they would be more comfortable in another neighborhood, but that could be steering.
Make a conscious effort to be fair, open, and honest with all people
We are all different from unique backgrounds bring diversity to each and everything we do. Honestly, the world would be very boring if we all looked the same, talked the same, liked the same things, etc. When dealing with clients, make sure that you treat them fairly and the way you would like to be treated if you were in their shoes.
Fair housing violations carry penalties. Almost everyone affected by unlawful discrimination can sue under the federal Fair Housing Act. And almost everyone connected with the violation can be held liable either because of their actions. Protect yourself with a better understanding of The Federal Fair Housing Act with our The Law of the Land - Fair Housing continued education real estate course. Contact us today to learn more about this and our other great CE course offerings.
This information current as of December 2018.