The Fair Housing Act

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The Fair Housing Act is a law intended to protect those buying or renting property from seller or landlord discrimination. When considering potential renters or buyers, a seller or landlord may not use a person's background, race, religion, gender or national origin against them. Additionally, a person's disability, or people with children under the age of 18 cannot be discriminated against. While there are exceptions for discrimination based on sex, religion and familial status, they are limited. The Fair Housing Act, although a Federal law, does have state and local fair laws which provide these same protective principles.

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