The Fair Housing Act of 1968 provides equal opportunity and protection against discrimination for every person looking to own a home and those who already do.
The Fair Housing Act was first passed in 1968, and it prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, religion and national origin. It was a great legislative achievement of the civil rights era. In 1974, discrimination based on sex was added and then in 1988 the Fair Housing Act was amended to include discrimination against people because of disability and because of familial status.
The Fair Housing Act makes clear the rights to residential property are available to all. It creates a more inclusive housing market, protecting buyers, sellers, renters, and property owners from acts of discrimination prohibited in the law.
There’s still work to be done to ensure that all have access to homeownership opportunities. Advocate for policies that make homeownership more inclusive and talk to your REALTOR® about your own Fair Housing rights.