Buying or Selling a Home

The Fair Housing Act

How can I tell if discrimination is occurring, and what can I do about it?

You may suspect discrimination if:

  • somebody tells you that a listed home is no longer for sale but it remains on the market;
  • an agent avoids showing you homes in areas you have requested;
  • a seller refuses a full-price bid on a home.

If you suspect that someone has discriminated against you, request a complaint form by calling the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at 1-800-424-8590. Its job is to investigate such complaints. You also may be able to contact a local civil rights organization to find out if your area has specific organizations to contact. Usually, you will have to consult a lawyer about possible legal action against the homeowner.

>>Can a homeowner legally refuse to sell a home to a potential buyer?
>>What is steering?
>>How can I tell if discrimination is occurring, and what can I do about it?


Practical Law Home | Buying or Selling a Home | Basics of Buying a Home
Basics of Selling a Home | Why Real Estate Is Covered By Special Laws | Real Estate Brokers
The Purchase Contract | Financing a Home Purchase | The Closing | *The Fair Housing Act*
Where to Get More Information

Advertisement