Office of Community Development

Fair Housing

 

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY

 

Federal Law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or familial status when renting, selling or financing a home or property.

 

The laws that protect Fair Housing:

 

  • 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act
  • Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act
  • Florida Fair Housing Act
  • County and City Fair Housing Laws
  • Section 504 (disability only)
  • Title VI
  • ADA (disability only)

 

RECOGNIZING DISCRIMINATION:

 

  • Refuse to rent or sell housing
  • Make Housing unavailable
  • Otherwise deny a dwelling
  • Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling
  • Provide different housing services or facilities
  • Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale or rental
  • Refuse to make a mortgage loan
  • Refuse to provide information regarding loans
  • Impose different terms or conditions on a loan, such as different interest rates, points, or fees
  • Discriminate in appraising property
  • If you or someone associated with you is regarded as having a disability:
  • Landlord may not refuse to allow a tenant to make reasonable modifications to your dwelling
  • A building with a “no pets” policy must allow a visually impaired tenant to keep a guide dog.
  • An apartment complex that offers tenants’ ample, unassigned parking must honor a request from a mobility-impaired tenant for a reserved space near his/her apartment if necessary to assure access to their apartment.

 

 

IF YOU THINK YOUR RIGHTS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED

Contact Lorie Ayers, Fair Housing Coordinator at 863-773-6349 or email lorie.ayers@hardeecounty.net

 

What we need from you:

  • Your name and address
  • The name and address of the person your complaint is against (the respondent)
  • The address or other identification to the housing involved
  • A short description to the alleged violation (the event that caused you to believe your rights were violated)
  • The date(s) of the alleged violation(s)

 

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