Fair Housing Overview


Fair Housing is the sale/rental of housing free of discriminatory practices or policies.

Housing discrimination is illegal in Connecticut. Specifically, it is against the law to deny anyone housing because of their:

  • Race
  • Colorrenters rights, landlord rights, fair housing, eviction, fair housing laws, stop foreclosure
  • National origin
  • Sex (gender)
  • Religion
  • Children or family status
  • Disability (mental or physical)
  • Ancestry
  • Marital status
  • Age (except minors)
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity or expression
  • Legal source of income (refusing to accept Section 8, for example)

A group of people who share characteristics that are protected from discrimination are known as a “protected class.”

What does discrimination look like?

Refusals to rent or sell. A landlord, owner or real estate professional refuses to rent or sell to you because you are a member of one of the protected classes listed above.

Misrepresenting the availability of housing. A landlord, owner, or real estate agent tells you that an apartment, house, or condominium is not available, when in fact it has not been rented or sold, because you are a member of one of the protected classes listed above.

Discrimination in terms and conditions. You are treated differently by a landlord, owner, or real estate agent and given different conditions, terms, rules or requirements than others because you are a member of one of the protected classes listed above.

Use of threats, intimidation or coercion. A landlord, owner or real estate professional attempts to prevent you from renting or buying a home by suggesting that you will not be safe or that neighbors may not want you to move in, because you are a member of one of the protected classes listed above.

Discriminatory advertising. A landlord, owner or real estate professional puts an ad in a newspaper, creates a brochure, or makes a spoken statement that shows preferences or limitations for certain people because they are members of one of the protected classes listed above.


Personal Stories of Housing Discrimination

From the National Fair Housing Alliance and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs


 

 

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