FAIR HOUSING CONSORTIUM

 

 

 

What is Fair Housing?

The Federal Civil Rights Act of 1866, 1870, 1964 and 1988 and the Ohio Civil Rights Laws provide for equal access to housing for all and declare it a policy to provide fair housing opportunities throughout the United States regardless of race, color, creed, sex, religion, marital status, natural origin, handicap, or family status.  

Simply put:  YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIVE WHERE YOU WANT AND WHERE YOU CAN AFFORD

The laws prohibit discrimination in any sale or rental of housing.  The law applies to not only real estate agents and landlords but also includes lending institutes and insurance agencies.

Discrimination is prohibited in not only public and private sale or rental of property but also in vacant land for sale that will be used for the construction of residential homes or housing units of any type.

 Understanding the definitions of the Fair Housing Act:

 Examples of  Unlawful Actions:  

Examples of subtle discrimination:

Subtle discrimination is more difficult to recognize.  Some examples are:  

 Where and How to file a complaint:  

If you feel you have been a victim of discriminated you can:  

Contact  the Medina County Fair Housing Coordinator

Contact the Office of Housing and Urban Development

Contact the Ohio Civil Rights Commission

How you can help promote Fair Housing in Medina County :

TYPES OF DISCRIMINATION

There are both state and federal laws, which prohibit housing discrimination.  In fact, it is not only illegal to discriminate against someone because of his or her race, but also because of a person's color, creed, sex, religious belief, marital status, national origin, handicap or family status.

Laws prohibiting discrimination affect everyone who may be involved with the sale or rental of housing.

This includes not only the real estate agent and landlord but also the seller and lending institution.

Secondly, discrimination is prohibited not only in the public and private sale or rental of housing units but also in the offering of vacant land for residential construction.

HOW AND WHERE TO FILE

 If you feel that you were discriminated against while trying to buy or rent, call the

FAIR HOUSING COORDINATOR FOR ASSISTANCE.  

When filing a complaint, you will need to provide the following information.  

 WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU FILE?

 The first step is an investigation of your complaint.  If there appears to be a basis for action, an  attempt will be made to conciliate the complaint.  This means it may be possible to negotiate an agreement acceptable to both parties.

 If conciliation is not possible, further legal action may be necessary to remedy the discriminatory conduct.

Regardless of the action taken, however, you have the right to file a complaint with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and with the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE, PLEASE CONTACT:

MEDINA COUNTY FAIR HOUSING - CONSORTIUM COORDINATOR

124 W. Washington

Medina , Ohio 44256

330-722-9219

Fax: 330-764-8456

Email: mcfairhousing@medinaco.org  

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