Fair Housing Act provides protections

By Daphne Zollinger | Published Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson, your fellow Texan, signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which among other things, prohibits discrimination in housing.

The Fair Housing Act protects you and everyone else from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability. This list is known as the seven protected classes.


Sellers and landlords can’t discriminate in the sale or rental of property on the basis of someone’s race, color, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin. They also can’t tell their real estate agents or property managers to limit property availability based on the same seven classes, establish terms or conditions in purchasing or rental that are discriminatory, or advertise that a property is available only to people of a certain race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability.

If you need assistance you may contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at 800-669-9777 or


Texas realtors abide by the Code of Ethics, which outlines their duties to provide consumers with high-quality service and treat everyone fairly. The Code of Ethics mirrors the Fair Housing Act in that Realtors can’t deny equal professional services to anyone because of their race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin. The Code of Ethics adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the list, which means Realtors pledge to go beyond what the law requires.

Wise County realtors are proud to fulfill the promise of the Fair Housing Act and help all Texans find property. If you would like to learn more about how Wise County realtors can help you, visit

Daphne Zollinger is the president of the Greater Denton/Wise County Association of Realtors.

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