Federal and state fair housing laws were put into effect to create a level playing field for homebuyers in all areas of a real estate transaction.
The Civil Rights Act of 1866was the first federal law to affirm that all citizens are equally protected under the law and specifically prohibits all racial discrimination in the sale or leasing of property.The Civil Rights Act of 1968, Title VIII expands the discriminatory prohibition in the sale or leasing of property to include national origin, color, and religion.The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 further expands these prohibitions on discrimination to include age, sex, and handicapped status. Collectively, these laws codifyour national policy on fair housing and prohibit discrimination in the sale, or lease of housing, or making housing otherwise unavailable because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.
The Americans with Disabilities Act, Title III prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in commercial facilities and places of public accommodation.
The Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibits discrimination on a credit application due to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age or because any part of an applicant’s income comes from a public assistance program.
State or local jurisdiction may impose additional, more stringent requirements.
At Hancock Homes Realty, Inc. (“Hancock Homes”) we are committed to providing professional service without regard to the race, color, religion, gender/sex, disability/handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity of any prospective client, customer, or of the residents of any community. We keep informed about fair housing law and practices, refuse to tolerate non-compliance, and aspire to follow the spirit as well as the letter of the law. We take a positive approach to fair housing practices and develop advertising that indicates that everyone is welcome and no one is excluded.
Effective Date: April 8, 2019.