Fair Housing Act

The Federal Fair Housing Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, and various local laws, such as the New York City Human Rights Law and the Nassau County and Suffolk County Human Rights Law, make it illegal to discriminate in the sale, lease, purchase, rental, or financing of any housing accommodation, or making housing otherwise unavailable, because of a protected characteristic. For a list of the protected characteristics identified by Federal, New York State, New York City, Nassau and Suffolk County, click here.

equal-housing-logoThese Fair Housing Laws also prohibit the making, printing or publishing of any statement, notice or advertisement in connection with the sale or rental of housing which expresses a preference, limitation, or discrimination based on a protected class.

These laws were enacted to protect against discrimination. Any actions in violation of these laws can lead to legal liability and hefty fines. 

Fair Housing Update

HUD recently issued guidelines cautioning landlords (and agents representing landlords) from establishing policies or practices that restrict access to housing on the basis of a tenant’s criminal history.

They prohibit a policy of refusing housing to anyone with a criminal record.  Landlords must look at criminal convictions on a case-by-case basis taking a number of factors under consideration. 

Where a policy or practice that restricts access to housing on the basis of criminal history has a disparate impact on individuals of a particular race, national origin, or other protected class, that policy or practice is unlawful under the Fair Housing Act.

For more information, go to and read NAR’s article.    

Window to the Law: Fair Housing Update

The Fair Housing Act is more than do’s and don’ts, rights and penalties. Fair Housing protects your business as real estate professionals who depend on a free, open market with equal opportunity. In this video, get the tips and tools you need now to understand and comply with this important law.

Fair Housing from Real Estate Brokerage Essentials

Download this free chapter to re-energize your fair housing compliance program. Click Here to Download

NAR Video on The Fair Housing Act (6 mins)


NAR 'Be A Fair Housing Leader" Video (17 mins)

NAR 360 at the 2018 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings 
(23 mins)
Watch this moving commemoration to the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and a history of fair housing in the United States.

Matter of Place by The Fair Housing Justice Center
The Fair Housing Justice Center has partnered with Kavanagh Productions to produce the film "A Matter of Place", a documentary film that shines a bright light on housing discrimination, one of the most shrouded and misunderstood civil rights issues in America. Watch The Video Here.

America Divided
The EPIX-Original docu-series America Divided features stories about inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system – all woven into an eight-story, five-part series. Watch The Video Here.

National Fair Housing Alliance 2018 Report

NAR Report on Fair Housing at 50, 2018


Fair Housing PSA (1 min)

Diversity or Sensitivity Training

Fair Housing Educational Materials

Fair Housing Quiz (12 questions)