Fair Housing

It's Your Right!


Who is protected?


Federally Protected Classes:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Sex
  • Disability
  • Religion
  • Familial status (the presence of children under the age of 18)

Additional Statewide Protections (Ohio):

  • Ancestry
  • Military Status

Some local laws also prohibit housing discrimination based on:

  • Sexual Orientation
  • Marital Status
  • Creed
  • Age
  • Gender Identity
  • Source of Income

What is Prohibited?

These actions are illegal if they are done because a person belongs to a protected class:

Rental and Sale of Housing:

  • Refuse to rent or sell housing
  • Refuse to negotiate for housing
  • Make housing unavailable or otherwise restrict choice
  • Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of housing
  • Provide different housing services or facilities
  • Falsely deny that housing is available
  • Persuade owners to sell or rent (blockbusting)
  • Deny anyone access to or membership in a facility or service related to the sale or rental of housing
  • Retaliate against a person for making a fair housing complaint.

Mortgage Lending and Insurance:

  • Refuse to make a mortgage loan or provide homeowners insurance
  • Refuse to provide information regarding loans or insurance
  • Impose different terms or conditions on a loan, such as different rates, or fees
  • Discriminate in appraising property
  • Refuse to purchase a loan
  • Set different terms or conditions to purchase a loan

It is also 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 a protected class, such as “No Children,” or “Christians Only,” or “Prefer single female.”

For more information see our:            

Tenant/Landlord Facts

Fair Housing Overview - Español 

Community Guide to Fair Housing

You Have the Right to Live Where You Choose


For Legal Help See;

http://www.lawolaw.org/                                                                                                                                Informational video by HUD on the Basics of Fair Housing



 For more information, to schedule a training, or file a complaint please call 800-941-4558 and ask for Lori Payne.



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Tiffin, Ohio, 44883

Phone: (419)443-7936
Email: info@senecarpc.org


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