Fair Housing

Federal, State and Local Fair Housing Laws protect individuals from housing discrimination. It is unlawful to discriminate based on certain protected characteristics, which include, but are notlimited to race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,military status, sex, age, disability, marital status, lawful source of income or familial status.

New Fair Housing Regulations in NYS
Fair Housing regulations effective June 20, 2020 will have an impact on real estate related activities.

Breaking News: Build Back Better Goes to Senate

November, 19 2021

The roughly $1.75 trillion bill spares real estate investment from the most-feared taxes and includes key NAR priorities like investments in affordable housing and down payment assistance.

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NAR Forum Takes on Difficult Conversations Surrounding Race, Real Estate in America

November, 14 2021

The National Association® of Realtors welcomed REALTORS® Eric Brown and Jerry Isham, along with a host of industry professionals and civil rights experts, for an open conversation on racism in real estate and potential actions that can be taken to address the significant, lingering issues.

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Experts Discuss How Past and Future Real Estate Practices Drained Wealth from Black Americans

November, 13 2021

The real estate industry has helped Americans of every background build wealth through homeownership. Yet, for much of the 20th century, many African Americans have been excluded from these opportunities to build intergenerational wealth.

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Spotlight on Fair Housing at NAR’s Annual Conference

November, 1 2021

The National Association of REALTORS®’ fair housing team will present two sessions at the 2021 REALTORS® Conference & Expo that offer attendees the opportunity to explore the history of racial discrimination in real estate and to examine and overcome their own hidden biases.

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Window to the Law: Criminal Background Checks and Fair Housing

October, 29 2021

Overly broad bans on renting to individuals with criminal records may lead to costly fair housing violations. Use these tips to review your criminal record screening policy to ensure it complies with the law and avoids disparate impact liability.

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NAR President, Leaders Commemorate 10th Anniversary of MLK Memorial

October, 21 2021

REALTORS® have a strong connection to – and responsibility for – Dr. King’s dream, as he brought the fight for fair housing to the forefront.

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Virginia REALTORS® Launches Fairhaven Competition

October, 5 2021

When NAR first launched its interactive fair housing tool, Fairhaven, there was one state association in particular that immediately embraced the platform: Virginia REALTORS®

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Window to the Law: Housing Vouchers and Fair Housing

September, 13 2021

Recent lawsuits alleging source of income discrimination for rejecting Section 8 tenants illustrate the importance of understanding and complying with state and local fair housing laws in addition to the federal Fair Housing Act. These best practices can help guide real estate professionals in this area.

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