What is Fair Housing?
Fair Housing means that you have a right to choose where you can afford to live. Housing discrimination is illegal and both State and Federal laws prevent landlords from denying housing to any individual because of:
- National Origin
- Military Status
- Familial Status
- Disabilities (physical, mental or emotional)
How do Fair Housing laws protect me?
The law (Ohio Revised Code Section 41112.02) states that, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, or disability, it is unlawful to:
- Refuse to rent, sell, finance, or insure housing accommodations or residential property
- Set different terms, conditions, or privileges for sale or rental of a house or apartment
- Deny housing to families with children
- Say that accommodations are unavailable for inspection, sale, or rental when they are available
- Refuse to consider without prejudice the combined income of spouses
- Print, publish, or circulate and statement or advertisement which would indicate a preference or limitation
- Manipulate by showing only apartments or homes in certain neighborhoods so as to create or maintain ethnically or racially segregated neighborhoods
What should I do if I am discriminated against?
Make immediate, detailed notes of your experience (date, time, place, names of agents or landlords, what you saw, what you were told, etc.) and call the Hope House Housing Office at (419) 427-2848 to receive information if it is a fair housing issue. Help us put an end to housing discrimination by reporting unfair housing practices.