Federal Fair Housing Act
The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of:
* Race or color
Sometimes city ordinances can provide more protection than the federal or state acts, so check with your city to find out what is covered. For example, the federal and state acts do not provide protection for discrimination based upon marital status or sexual orientation, but some cities in Texas might provide this protection in their ordinances.
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, a landlord that has only a few single-family homes that were sold or rented without the use of a broker, and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.
At a minimum under federal law, a landlord may not do the following things based on whole or in part on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability:
* Refuse to rent or sell housing
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
If you or someone associated with you:
your landlord may not:
Example: A building with a "no pets" policy must allow a visually impaired tenant to keep a guide dog.
Example: An apartment complex that offers tenants ample, unassigned parking must honor a request from a mobility-impaired tenant for a reserved space near her apartment if necessary to assure that she can have access to her apartment.
For more information, and to file the above complaint with HUD, go here.
The Texas Tenant Advisor is intended to provide general information regarding Texas residential tenancies only.
Unique facts can render some statements inapplicable to a given situation.
This site is provided and maintained by the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service. We attempt to provide current information; nonetheless, you are urged to consult an attorney for legal advice and assistance.