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Fair Housing Act

NAR opposes discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status sexual orientation, gender identity, and national origin. This policy is embodied in NAR's Code of Ethics. NAR also authorizes sanctions in response to a finding that a member has violated any fair housing law, including local and state laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. NAR policy is to support equal opportunity on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and the NAR Code of Ethics was amended in 2010 and 2013, to include this updated policy in the Code of Ethics.

July 1, 2015
The Supreme Court ruled that a party may prove violations of the federal Fair Housing Act by either showing intentional discrimination or that the challenged practice had a disparate impact on protected classes.
March 30, 2015
REALTOR® Action Center has Fair Housing Month articles, posters, and information about how your association can invite and sustain diversity.
February 4, 2015
District of Columbia federal court determines that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development did not have the authority from the Fair Housing Act to create its disparate impact rule and so vacated the rule.
January 29, 2014
Watch a video and read about when a housing provider may need to provide an accommodation for a service animal.
December 4, 2013
Real estate professionals deal with fair housing issues nearly every day. But there are a few items that may surprise you about the passage of this landmark legislation.
April 22, 2013
FHFA President Edward DeMarco testifies to Senate that there are several positive signs in the housing market recovery.
April 17, 2013
HUD has formalized its recognition of discriminatory effects liability under the Fair Housing Act. An article on the REALTOR® Action Center explains HUD's proposed test.
April 9, 2013
How did the Lehigh Valley Association of REALTORS® respond to a Fair Housing challenge?
March 26, 2013
The Fair Housing Focus includes advice on reporting acts of discrimination, information on multicultural real estate organization meetings, NAR diversity, smart growth and housing opportunity grants, and ideas for Fair Housing Month.
March 25, 2013
Display the 2013 Fair Housing FOCUS poster in your office and/or association.