Equal Opportunity Housing

What is Fair Housing?

Fair Housing is the right for all people to have safe, decent housing and be able to get this housing without discrimination. City, State, and Federal Fair Housing Laws require that all people have an equal opportunity to buy, rent, or live in housing.


Who is Protected?

Federal Fair Housing Laws prohibit discrimination based on:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • National Origin
  • Sex
  • Familial Status (Children in the Home)
  • Disability (Physical or Mental)

Discrimination is Against the Law

  • Know and understand how Fair Housing Laws protect you.
  • Protect yourself from discrimination in housing transactions
  • Have your discrimination complaint investigated quickly, confidentially, and effectively at no cost to you


Recognizing Discrimination

Refusing to deal:
Refuse to sell, rent, lease, exchange, or negotiate for a dwelling

Different Terms/Conditions:
Discrimination in the terms and/or conditions of a sale or rental of a dwelling

Represent that an available dwelling is not available for inspection, sale or rental when it is

Discriminatory Presentation:
Say, publish, or display a discriminatory preference with respect to a sale or rental of a dwelling

Engage in directing anyone to homes or rental property in a particular area based on discriminatory reasons

Unequal Financing:
Deny a loan to anyone or discriminate in the terms or conditions of a loan based on discriminatory reasons

Engage in panic-selling by representing that the racial composition of a neighborhood is going to change


What Can I Do?

If you feel that you have been discriminated against in the sale or rental of property, you can file an administrative complaint within one year after the act has occurred or a private action within two years of the act. The complaint must be based on the belief that race, color, sex, religion, familial status, disability and/or National origin status was the reason for the alleged discriminatory act.

If you have questions about the meaning and application of the law, or questions on how to file a complaint, please contact the Fair Housing Center of Nebraska at (402) 934-6675 or toll-free at (800) 669-3247 (800-NOW-FAIR). Nebraska Relay (800) 833-0920 voice, (800) 833-7352 TTY.





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