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Recognize Housing Discrimination It is not always easy to tell when your Fair Housing rights have been violated, because discrimination can be subtle. Examples from cases investigated by the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission include: A woman who is vision-impaired calls about renting an apartment. The landlord refuses to rent to you because you have a seeing-eye dog. You are searching for a home to buy, and your real estate agent suggests that you would be more comfortable in another neighborhood where there are more minority residents. The real estate agent is trying to "steer" you or encourage you to look at houses in another neighborhood. Your son has a mental disability and your rental application is denied by the property manager because of your son’s disability.  You are African American and when you call about an apartment listed for rent in the newspaper, you are told it has already been rented. But a white friend calls about the same apartment the day after you do, and it turns out the apartment is available if your friend wants to rent it. You are white, but you have African American friends who visit your mobile home. When the landlord evicts you, he says it is because of the race of your visitors.  A resident manager refuses to rent an apartment to a family with children, will only allow families with children to live in certain buildings or on certain floors or charges families higher security deposits. A landlord checks the credit records of all African American and Hispanic applicants and uses small credit problems as an excuse to refuse to rent apartments to them. It turns out that the landlord does not always check white applicants' credit records or overlooks small credit problems in their records. A newspaper ad says that housing is available for "white" applicants. A property manger refuses to rent an apartment to a single woman, but he will rent the apartment to a single man.   A bank refuses to lend money to a house buyer because the house he wants to buy is in a minority neighborhood. (This is called redlining.)   A rental manager charges minority tenants a larger security deposit, or higher rent, than white tenants.   A female tenant and her family are evicted from their apartment because the woman refused the landlord's sexual advances.

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WHAT IS Fair Housing? Fair Housing is a legal right that applies to most types of housing and protects certain classes of individuals from discrimination in the sale and rental of housing, real estate brokerage, and lending and other housing related services. Fair Housing rights and protections are provided under the United States Fair Housing Act of 1968, other applicable Federal laws, Executive Orders and regulations, and comparable state laws like the South Carolina Fair Housing Act. Enforcement is provided by the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development and the US Department of Justice, and in South Carolina by the state Human Affairs Commission.
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