Southern Nevada Office:  (702) 749-3288
Northern Nevada Office:  (775) 324-0990
toll-free:  (888) 585-8634

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FAIR HOUSING LAWS

Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act  of 1968, as amended by Congress in 1988, prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, familial status, sex and handicap.

 

In addition, Nevada State Law also includes protections based on ancestry, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression

 

(1998 Poster Contest, Chelsea Bosworth, Bernice Mathews Elementary School)

IT IS ILLEGAL FOR

  • Landlords
  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Banks or other lending institutions
  • Insurance providers

TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST SOMEONE TRYING TO

  • Rent an apartment, condominium, mobile home or house
  • Buy a house, condominium or mobile home
  • Negotiate a sale of a house, condominium or mobile home

IN ANY WAY, ESPECIALLY INVOLVING

  • Lease Terms
  • Security Deposits
  • Privileges
  • Purchase Terms
  • Interest Rates
  • Insurance Rates
  • Harassment
  • Advertising

IT'S YOUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHERE YOU WANT TO LIVE, REGARDLESS OF:

  • Race & Color
  • National Origin (ancestry)
  • Religion
  • Familial Status
  • Sex
  • Handicap
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity or Expression

LEARN TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PERSONS BASED ON RACE OR COLOR:

  • "You would make the other tenants uncomfortable"
  • "We don't rent to your kind"
  • You visit a complex about the "For Rent" sign, the manager tells you it's been rented, but two days later the sign is still up
  • "I'm sure you'd feel more at home in another neighborhood."

LEARN TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN:

  • Refusing to rent to you or telling you to go to the complex down the street

  • Having rules for children, as opposed to rules for tenants

  • Restricting families with children to downstairs units only

  • Segregating families to one area of the complex

  • Complex rules against boys and girls sharing the same room

LEARN TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES:

  • Refusing to rent to you or telling you to go to the complex down the street 

  • Requiring an increased security deposit because of your disability

  • Refusing to allow reasonable physical modifications to a unit

  • Refusing to make reasonable accommodations to policies or procedures

  • "Are you sure you can live by yourself?"

Accessibility Guidelines

7 Design Requirements

The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 put into place design requirements to make new construction of multifamily dwelling more accessible. The guidelines cover all multifamily dwellings of 4 or more units, which were ready for first occupancy on or after March 13, 1991.

The seven design requirements apply to all ground floor units and all units on floors served by elevators.

Requirement # 1

Accessible building entrance on an accessible route

Requirement # 2

Accessible public and common-use areas

Requirement # 3

Accessible door into an within premises

Requirement # 4

Accessible route into and through dwellings

Requirement # 5

Accessible outlets, switches and environmental controls

Requirement # 6

Reinforced bathroom walls at toilets, tubs, in addition to shower stall walls and seats for later installation of grab bars

Requirement # 7

Kitchen and bathroom designed to enable a wheelchair to maneuver

LEARN TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PERSONS BASED ON SEX:

  • "Gee Honey, how badly do you want your stove fixed?"

  • Refusing to rent to two males, but will rent to two females.

  • "We don't rent to male roommates, they get too rowdy."

  • "A single woman? How are you going to take care of the yard?"

LEARN TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PERSONS BASED ON RELIGION:

  • "I prefer to rent to people who are referred to me through my church."

  • The manager asks about your religion or your religions beliefs during the application process

LEARN TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PERSONS BASED ON NATIONAL ORIGIN:

  • "I need to see your green card before I can rent to you."

  • "I can't understand you."

  • "You would be more comfortable living down the street because there are more people like you."

 

If you suspect housing discrimination, call Silver State Fair Housing Council (SSFHC) about your experiences.

 Southern Nevada - 702-749-3288

Northern Nevada - 775-324-0990

888-585-8634 toll-free