Fair Housing Act

Definition - What does Fair Housing Act mean?

The Fair Housing Act refers to U.S. congressional legislation that was created in 1968 to promote the fair and just selling and renting of dwellings. More specifically, the Fair Housing Act prohibits people and companies that are selling or renting homes from discriminating against buyers or renters on the basis of the buyers' or renters' race, gender, national origin, color and religion.

Justipedia explains Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act was passed during the Civil Rights Movement. It was passed as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 just one week after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. The act prohibits discrimination through means of coercion, threats, and a refusal to sell or rent, among many other prohibitions. A few decades later, the Fair Housing Act was expanded to also protect those with disabilities or a particular familial status.

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