Yes, the Fair Housing Act does protect renters from being discriminated against in Florida and all of the U.S. In fact, the Fair Housing Act also protects individuals from being discriminated against when they are looking to purchase a home, obtain a mortgage, would like to receive housing assistance, and several other housing-related activities [Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development]. Therefore, if an individual believes a landlord, property manager, etc. has discriminated against them because of any of the following factors, they should consider speaking with a real estate attorney in Orlando:
- National origin
- Familial status
What types of behavior might constitute as a form of discrimination in reference to housing-related activities?
If a property owner or manager uses any of the following factors listed above as their basis for making any of the following decisions, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says that it would be considered an act of discrimination:
- Refuse to rent or sell a home
- Refuse to negotiate for housing
- Housing is made unavailable
- Set different terms or conditions for an individual over others
- Provide an individual with different housing services or facilities
- Falsely deny that a piece of property or rental is not available to rent or purchase
- Evict a tenant
- Fail to perform maintenance repairs
- Impose different sale prices or rental charges
- Harass a person
To clarify, these acts would only be considered forms of discrimination if an individual’s race, gender, color, religion, etc. were used to make them.
Example of Housing Discrimination
To provide additional clarification as to what might constitute as an act of discrimination, below is a detailed example provided on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
John is a Black man who is looking to move into a new apartment. After speaking with the property manager on the phone who seems eager to rent to John, he goes into the office to fill out an application. After arriving, the property manager’s attitude has completely changed and a few days later, John learns his application was denied. According to the letter, one of John’s references provided a negative comment which led to the denial of his application. But after speaking with the person he listed as a reference, he learned the property manager never contacted her. In this case, John may have a valid claim against the property manager.
When a Renter or Potential Home Buyer Believes They Have Been Discriminated Against in Orlando
If an individual believes they have been discriminated against while looking to rent an apartment or purchase a home in Orlando, they should contact Legal Counsel P.A. for legal advice. Because the Fair Housing Act does protect individuals from discrimination, there may be ways a renter or a potential home buyer can hold the individual accountable for mistreating them and violating the Fair Housing Act.
To discuss a discrimination incident with an Orlando, FL real estate attorney, contact Legal Counsel P.A. at 407-395-2653.
Legal Counsel P.A. is located at:
189 S. Orange Avenue, Ste. 1800
Orlando, FL 32801
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