THE FAIR HOUSING LAWS PROTECT IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES, AND PEOPLE OF ALL RELIGIOUS FAITHS


                        

State and federal fair housing laws prohibit discrimination based on national origin, religion, and ancestry.  For a complete list of all the people protected from discrimination, click here.*

Call the Connecticut Fair Housing Center at 866-247-4401 if you think you have been the victim of housing discrimination because you are an immigrant or a refugee, because of where you are from, or because of your religious faith.

The fair housing laws protect you regardless of your immigration status.

It is illegal for a landlord to treat you differently because of your immigration status, national origin, or religion.  That means people involved in renting homes cannot:

  • refuse to rent to you because you are an immigrant or refugee or because of your religious faith;
  • refuse to rent to you because you are not from the United States;
  • charge you more rent or a higher security deposit because of where you are from, your immigration status, or because of your religious faith;
  • require you to get a co-signer because you are an immigrant, refugee or because of your religion;
  • tell you not to cook food you like because of the smell;
  • refuse to rent to you because you or some of your family members do not speak English;
  • tell you that you must speak English when outside of your apartment;
  • force you to choose an apartment near other people who are from the same country, speak the same language as you, or are of the same religion;
  • enforce rules against you or your family because you are an immigrant or refugee or because of your religion but not enforce those rules against anyone else.

It is illegal for a landlord to ask you to identify your religion.

It is illegal for a landlord to ask you questions about your immigration status because of how you look, talk or dress.

Some landlords, owners, real estate agents, etc., might ask if you are in the country legally, ask to see your green card or visa, or ask for your social security number.  If you think that you are being asked about your immigration status because of where you are from, call the Connecticut Fair Housing Center.

State and federal fair housing laws continue to protect you once you are living in your home or apartment.  A landlord, owner, real estate agent or anyone else cannot:

  • ask you to remove your head scarf, hijab, burka, keffiyeh, kippah, other religious clothing, or other religious symbol;
  • evict you because of your religion, your immigration status, or your refugee status;
  • threaten or harass you because of your religion, your immigration status, or your refugee status.

Harassment or threats include:

  • Threatening to report you to the police or immigration authorities because of your immigration status;
  • Saying you will be deported;
  • Telling you to go back to your own country;
  • Painting graffiti or writing on your home, including using slurs or threats to harm you or your family if you do not move out;
  • Yelling racial, ethnic, or religious slurs at you and your family;
  • Blocking access to your home, your belongings, or property amenities (like a swimming pool or laundry area)

YOU ARE ALSO PROTECTED IF YOU ARE BUYING A HOME OR ATTEMPTING TO GET A MORTGAGE.  Call the Connecticut Fair Housing Center if you believe you are being prevented from buying a home or getting a loan because of your immigration status, refugee status, or your religion.

*There are some exemptions from the fair housing laws.  Please call the Connecticut Fair Housing Center even if you think your landlord may be exempt from the law.

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January, February, and April’s Schedule of Foreclosure Prevention Clinics

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The Center’s regular monthly foreclosure prevention clinics will be held at locations listed below:

  • CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER: Tuesday, January 17 in Hartford at University High School of Science and Engineering, 351 Mark Twain Drive (860-263-0731)
  • Wednesday, February 15 in Norwalk at City Hall, 125 East Avenue, Room 231 (860-263-0731)
  • Tuesday, April 18 in Hartford at University High School of Science and Engineering, 351 Mark Twain Drive (860-263-0731)

For 2017 clinic information for Hartford & Fairfield Counties click here.

The Center also hosts a Foreclosure Prevention Advice Table in Middletown on the first Thursday of every month. More information please click here.

No registration is required for any of these clinics, and residents throughout Connecticut are welcomed at each clinic.

2017 First Quarter’s Housing Counseling Orientations


The Center also presents information about foreclosure prevention at five monthly orientations given to homeowners by professional housing counselors, as listed below. Registration is required, call the phone numbers provided to register.

January 2017

  • Thursday, January 19 in Bridgeport with Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust (203-290-4255)
  • Thursday, January 19 in New Britain with Neighborhood Housing Services of New Britain (860-224-2433)

February 2017

  • Thursday, February 16 in Bridgeport with Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust (203-290-4255)
  • Thursday, February 16 in New Britain with Neighborhood Housing Services of New Britain (860-224-2433)

March 2017

  • Thursday, March 16 in Bridgeport with Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust (203-290-4255)
  • Thursday, March 16 in New Britain with Neighborhood Housing Services of New Britain (860-224-2433)

* For information about our manual for self-represented borrowers, “Representing Yourself in Foreclosure: A Guide for Connecticut Homeowners,” click here.

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Fair Housing Training for Real Estate Trainers

In preparation of the upcoming 2016-18 Continuing Education offerings, the Connecticut Real Estate Commission has set the following continuing education requirements for the 2018 renewal period. All 2018 CE must be completed prior to renewal in March 2018 for brokers and May 2018 for salespersons:

* Three credits of in class-room “Fair Housing Laws” course (3 hours).

* Plus 9 credits of electives (may be completed through an approved school on-line or in a classroom setting).

The Connecticut Fair Housing Center is offering a training session on how to teach this new course for real estate school instructors. Any instructor wishing to teach the mandatory Fair Housing Laws course must attend a train-the-trainer session, as only approved instructors will be allowed to teach. In addition to getting updated information on changes in the fair housing laws, participants will receive a sample fair housing curriculum, PowerPoint, and handouts for use during the classes for brokers and salespeople.

Class size is limited to 50 people for each class. More train-the-trainer sessions may be added if necessary.

The next Train-the trainer classes will be held on:

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (sign-in opens at 1:30 p.m.)

Monday, June 13, 2016
10:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. (sign-in opens at 9:30 a.m.)

The Lyceum
227 Lawrence Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Parking is available on-site.

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Fair housing courses may only be applied toward 2016-18 CE requirement. Licensees may not apply this toward their 2016 renewal requirement.

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