Shelter is not a privilege; it’s a right, and everyone deserves access to adequate housing regardless of their race, origin, or religion. Edward E. Dove, Attorney at Law, in Lexington, KY, explains that The Fair Housing Act prohibits landlords and property managers from discriminating against potential and current tenants based on factors like sex, disability status, and family makeup. For those who have suffered unfair treatment and would like to file a claim, here, he discusses in greater detail what victims should know about housing discrimination.
Understanding Housing Discrimination
The Fair Housing Act prohibits landlords from committing certain acts against an individual or a family who is part of a protected group, such as refusing to rent or sell housing to them, lying about the vacancy of a dwelling, and establishing different terms or conditions for the rental or sale of a home than would usually be set forth. Similarly, when a member of a protected group wants to buy property, mortgage lenders must avoid discriminating against him or her during the application process, such as refusing the loan or imposing different terms.
How Victims Can Respond
Identifying instances of housing discrimination can be challenging, especially if the landlord or mortgage lender who is violating the Fair Housing Act is committed to appearing professional at all times. However, if you feel you were refused a residence or offered poor terms because of your status as a member of a protected group, you have the right to file a lawsuit. You also have the right to report a violation to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Regardless of the situation it is best to talk to an attorney before discussing your case with anyone else or submitting a complaint in writing.
If you think you were the victim of housing discrimination in Lexington, KY, contact Edward E. Dove, Attorney at Law. He will fight to protect your rights and best interests and guide you through every step of the process. You can learn more about his commitment to protecting clients’ civil rights by visiting his website. Call (859) 252-0020 to schedule a case evaluation today.