What is Fair Housing?

If you looking for a apartment or rental house, you are aware of Fair Housing! What exactly is Fair Housing?

Fair Housing is a set of laws, enacted at the federal level and state level in Oregon, to ensure fairness for all who want to rent or buy.  Fair Housing in Oregon welcomes everyone home!

Historically and statistically, groups of people have received unfavorable treatment with regard to their personal history, national origin, religion, and family status. In attempting to rent, buy, or secure home insurance, etc. they have been denied, harassed, given less favorable terms and conditions, or experienced a lower level of service than other groups. The Fair Housing Act, first introduced in 1968 merely a week after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, states as follows:

Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability). Some of these protections, such as disability and familial status protection, were the amendments added to the Act in 1988.

This Act provides protection, prohibiting illegal discrimination in housing on protected class status by housing providers, such as real estate companies and landlords as well as other entities, such as municipalities, banks or other lending institutions, and homeowner insurance companies.

Over time, Fair Housing has been expanded to create a wider umbrella of protection over those seeking to own or rent a dwelling.  The state of Oregon offers legal protection based on sexual orientation, marital status, and source of income. More recent additions also cover victims of domestic violence. Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking are entitled to certain protections under Oregon landlord-tenant law. Under these laws, survivors are not to be discriminated against for the violence perpetrated against them. They also provide avenues for breaking or reformatting leases to help facilitate escape from an abusive situation or to legally remove perpetrators.

To learn more, visit http://www.fhco.org/index.html.