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The Fair Housing Act
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of:
◊Race or color
◊Familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18)
What Housing Is Covered?
The Fair Housing Act covers most housing. In some circumstances, the Act exempts owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker, and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.
What Is prohibited?
In the Sale and Rental of Housing: No one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap:
◊Refuse to rent or sell housing
◊Refuse to negotiate for housing
◊Make housing unavailable
◊Deny a dwelling
◊Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling
◊Provide different housing services or facilities
◊Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental
◊For profit, persuade owners to sell or rent (blockbusting) or
◊Deny anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing.
In Addition: It is illegal for anyone to:
◊Threaten, coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise that right
◊Advertise or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap. This prohibition against discriminatory advertising applies to single-family and owner-occupied housing that is otherwise exempt from the Fair Housing Act.
If you think your rights have been violated or if you have any questions contact Debra Smith, Fair Housing Representative at (620) 724-8918.
2013 Mayor & City Council
Back Row Starting from the left going right: Susan Thom (1st Ward); David Garrett (2nd Ward); Daniel Murray (3rd Ward); Melody Cherry (4th Ward)
Front row: Kurt Ziegler (Mayor)