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.
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