Wednesday, September 28, 2022 / by Jake Uriegas
FAIR HOUSING IS YOUR RIGHT
I WANT YOU TO KNOW:
Fair Housing Is Your Right
Whether you are buying, selling, or renting property, know that there are laws and ordinances in place to protect you from discrimination
The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing providers, lenders, and real estate professionals from discriminating against you based on your race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, familial status, or disability.
DISCRIMINATION TAKES MANY FORMS
It might not be an offensive comment said to your face. You may not even know it is happening. For example, sellers and landlords cannot set different terms, conditions, or privileges for sales or rentals based on the protected classes. They also cannot impose different sale prices or rental charges. Agents cannot steer you toward or away from a neighborhood based on the protected classes as well.
You can find a list of many more prohibited actions online by searching HUD examples of fair housing discrimination.
I AM YOUR REALTOR® COMMITTED TO PROMOTING AND UPHOLDING FAIR HOUSING
REALTORS® adhere to the highest professional standards—beyond what the law requires. When agreeing to abide by the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, I also pledged to not use harassing speech, hate speech, epithets, or slurs based on the protected classes. The Code of Ethics also prohibits discriminatory employment practices.
REALTORS® also may not refuse to cooperate with another real estate broker based on the protected classes. Rest assured that I am with you every step of the way to explain, support, and guide you through your sale, purchase, or rental. I can help you find a place to call home—an essential part of the American Dream.
By hiring me, a REALTOR®, you will get the help you need and the professional, unbiased treatment to which you are entitled.
Source: Texas REALTORS®
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