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Rainmaker
188,846
Ken Jones
Toms River, NJ
SRES, SFR, SCGREA

Julie Larson | Sarasota's Suncoast Realtor® The Fair Housing Act of 1968 is not exclusive to licensed real estate agents.

It's a federal law that every person in the United States MUST adhere to.

The problem with the Fair Housing Act, is that so few people outside of the real estate brokerage community either know about it or have a sufficient understanding of it.

Jan 09, 2017 05:53 AM
Rainer
496,313
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The Fair Housing Act is NOT LIMITED to those holding a professional license.  

Jan 09, 2017 04:33 AM
Rainmaker
422,361
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

It's Federal Law and not confined to real estate licensees.
However . . .

The FSBO exemption to the Fair Housing Act applies in the following situations:

  • The owner does not own, or have ownership interest in more than three single-family houses at any one time.
  • The house is sold or rented without the use of a real estate agent, broker, or any other person in the business of selling or renting dwellings, provided that:
    • no discriminatory advertising is used; and
    • no discriminatory statements are made.
  • The building is a one-to-four-unit owner-occupied building. The common name for this exemption is the Mrs. Murphy's Exemption.

Religious organizations and private clubs also have some exemption from the Fair Housing Act.

Jan 09, 2017 06:29 AM
Rainmaker
3,714,312
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Definitely.

Jan 09, 2017 05:14 AM
Rainmaker
3,426,819
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes.

Jan 12, 2017 06:32 AM
Rainmaker
2,740,107
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Fair Housing is for all to adhere to.

Jan 10, 2017 11:52 AM
Rainmaker
412,324
AJ Heidmann
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Julie - You have gotten the answer already but with a very few exceptions, most noted by Candice & Nathan above, everybody is subject to Fair Housing rules.

Jan 10, 2017 10:44 AM
Ambassador
3,578,123
Patricia Kennedy
Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc. - Washington, DC
For Your Home in the Capital

If sellers violate the law, there could be very serious consequences. 

Jan 10, 2017 07:41 AM
Rainmaker
418,548
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita

Yes, for sure, a landlord would be in major trouble for discrimination.

Jan 09, 2017 09:55 PM
Rainmaker
211,561
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Fair Housing does not apply to everyone. Some exceptions:

(a) owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units (which is commonly known as the Mrs. Murphy exemption);

(b) single family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker if the private individual owner does not own more than three such single family homes at one time; or

(c) housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.

Jan 09, 2017 08:32 PM
Rainmaker
2,939,946
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

If they fall under the rules of numbers yes

Jan 09, 2017 05:56 PM
Ambassador
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Fred Griffin
Frederick Griffin, Exclusive Buyer's Broker - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

The law is the law.

Jan 09, 2017 05:18 PM
Ambassador
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Most people don't know about the Fair Housing Act. It is a federal law. All people must abide by it. 

Jan 09, 2017 03:30 PM
Ambassador
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Praful Thakkar
Keller Williams Realty - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Julie Larson | Sarasota's Suncoast Realtor® - they may not go scot free. This is a FEDERAL law, to best of my knowledge.

Jan 09, 2017 03:15 PM
Ambassador
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Debbie Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Fair housing laws are laws on the books for everyone. Individual owners living continuing to live on the property may be able to not abide by a couple of the protected classifications.

Jan 09, 2017 02:21 PM
Rainmaker
739,158
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

It applies to all, but that doesn't mean people know or understand it.

Jan 09, 2017 01:37 PM
Rainmaker
3,472,224
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

it applies across the board....

Jan 09, 2017 12:26 PM
Rainmaker
2,217,688
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker

Ken Jones has this one covered and then some. 

Jan 09, 2017 11:53 AM
Rainmaker
1,958,572
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Denver, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Ken Jones is so right with his knowledge on the subject.

 

Jan 09, 2017 10:02 AM
Rainmaker
1,926,055
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

The law applies to everyone, not just real estate agents.

Jan 09, 2017 09:43 AM
Rainer
66,260
J.R. Schloemer
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

Yes. It is the property and the individual attempting to lease the property. It is not a law for practitioners, it is a law for the housing industry and all of those involved.

Jan 09, 2017 08:46 AM
Rainmaker
1,120,558
Marc Swartz, CPA, CA, Real Estate Broker
Royal LePage Vision Realty, Brokerage, Direct: (416) 737-9800, Office: (416) 321-2228 - Toronto, ON
Toronto, Durham & York Regions, Ontario, Canada

That law does not apply in our great nation.

Jan 09, 2017 07:26 AM
Rainmaker
112,610
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Everyone has to follow federal law.

Jan 09, 2017 06:59 AM
Ambassador
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I would like to see an example of what you are referring to.

Jan 09, 2017 06:39 AM
Rainmaker
558,153
Jennifer Mackay
Keller Williams Success Realty - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Of course there are, if they get caught

Jan 09, 2017 06:38 AM
Rainmaker
2,050,015
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

This is a fair question...Lets see

Jan 09, 2017 06:33 AM
Rainmaker
1,174,059
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

This is part of basic ethics training.

Jan 09, 2017 06:26 AM
Rainmaker
1,184,823
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Julie Larson | Sarasota's Suncoast Realtor® Absolutely, ask any landlord who would not rent to a protected class. 

Jan 09, 2017 06:21 AM
Rainmaker
1,977,631
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

You do not have to be licensed or a Realtor to be held accountable!

Jan 09, 2017 06:16 AM
Rainmaker
787,763
Corinne Guest, Managing Broker
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
The Choice of Professionals

Absolutley. Race being the most common offence!

Jan 09, 2017 06:12 AM
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

I believe they can also suffer consequences.

Jan 09, 2017 05:53 AM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Yes

Jan 09, 2017 05:01 AM