- An apartment manager or owner refuses to rent to you.
- You were told a house or an apartment wasn't available when it really was.
- You were offered different terms or conditions of sale or rental than someone else.
- A lending company refuses to give you a mortgage to purchase a home, although you qualify.
- You were steered to or away from a neighborhood, which is primarily composed of one racial or ethnic group.
- A builder or developer refuses to sell a home.
Although the above listed are the most common violations, there are other things that may violate the Federal Fair Housing Act. Those individuals or businesses that deal in housing should recognize the practices outlined above as ones to avoid.
Such discriminatory actions are against the law, as is blockbusting. Blockbusting is defined as the inducing of owners to sell their homes to escape a minority group. Discriminatory advertising in the sale or rental of housing is also illegal. This includes ads indicating racial preference, "no kids allowed," "adults only," or limitation in either their content or placement.
Remember, it's your right to choose where to live.
If you think you have been discriminated against, contact Community and Economic Development at 352-523-5050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about Tenant Rights here from the Florida Bar Association.
Frequently Asked Questions
Housing discrimination is illegal in nearly all housing, including private housing, public housing, and housing that receives federal funding.
- The Fair Housing Act
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