Fair Housing Protected Classes FAQ

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Tenants and prospective tenants alike all too often get discriminated against by their landlord, property manager, broker, or other housing professional. If you believe you're being unfairly singled out, the first step in knowing whether you're the victim of illegal housing discrimination is understanding "protected classes."

Q: What are the protected classes under federal law?
A: The Fair Housing Act, which is the federal law governing housing discrimination, includes the following...

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Q: Are only physical disabilities covered?
A: No. Federal law protects you against discrimination from your landlord... Read more

Q: What does "familial status" cover?
A: "Familial status" protects families with children (under 18) from housing discrimination... Read more

Q: What about sexual orientation? Is that a protected class?
A: Federal law does not protect people against housing discrimination based on their sexual orientation... Read more