What Everyone Should Know About Equal Opportunity In Housing

Remember Equal Housing is you right

The sale and purchase of a home is one of the most significant events that any person will experience in their lifetime. It is more than the simple purchase of housing, for it includes the hopes, dreams, aspirations and economic destiny of those involved in it.

The Law

Equal Opportunity in Housing is the law of the land and the right of all in this country without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

Civil Rights Act of 1866

The Civil Rights Act of 1866 provides that “All citizens of the United States shall have the same right, in every State and Territory, as is enjoyed by white citizens thereof to inherit, purchase, lease,sell, hold and convey real and personal property.” In the case of Jones vs. Mayer decided on June 17, 1968,the U.S. Supreme Court held that the 1866 law prohibits “all racial discrimination, private as well as public,in the sale or rental of property.”

Fair Housing Act

The Federal Fair Housing Act declares a national policy of fair housing throughout the United States. The law makes illegal any discrimination in the sale, lease or rental of housing based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. The law requires that all people be treated
equally with respect to the terms or conditions of sale,purchase, lease or rental and prohibits making housing unavailable because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.