April is Fair Housing Month, so it seemed like a good time to let you know what to do if you feel you have a Fair Housing complaint. If you feel as though you have been discriminated against, as a homebuyer or -seller or as a tenant, there is a process that can help you to file a complaint and to make sure you voice is heard.
The FHA, to date, includes seven protected classes: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and familial status. This last term refers to the presence of at least one child under 18 years old, and also protects prospects and tenants who are pregnant or in the process of adopting a child.
Here’s what you need to know:
- You can file a complaint at no cost.
- You can file a complaint online, by mail, or by phone
- HUD (the Department of Housing and Urban Development) takes all fair housing complaints seriously, responds to each, and refers them to the correct authority