Fair Housing is more than a community guideline, it's the law

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA 01368633

Active Rain has published guidelines that all members are expected to abide by.  Following these guidelines makes Active Rain a pleasant, fair, and motivating place to share information between real estate professionals, and the public.  


Part of our community guidelines requires participants to follow the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Fair Housing laws.  


In our current political environment there seems to be a lot of talk about race in America.  Whether you are a republican or democrat, it seems that the topic finds itself in the nightly news.  


I'm not going to state if I'm conservative or liberal, but I will state that as a Realtor in the state of California I,  nor should any of us, violate the Fair Housing Laws established by HUD.  


The Fair Housing Act was established in 1968 under the authority of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.  In a nutshell, it prohibited discrimination based on four things

  1. Race
  2. Color
  3. Region
  4. National origin 

In 1974 Sex was added as an additional protected class.

In 1988 Familial status and disability were added as protected classes.


If a person feels they are the victim of discrimination as it relates to Fair Housing Laws, they can lodge a complaint with:

  • The Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity  (FHEO) of the Department of Housing and Urban Devopment
  • 1-800-669-9777
  • Online - Complaint

For more information about Fair Housing Laws and filing a complaint, check out HUD's website: HUD




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  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
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Jim Cheney, Broker

"Your Realtor in Rincon Valley"

Wine Country Real Estate

Santa Rosa, Sonoma County


Comments (14)

Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Jim Cheney  great post and something we all need to be aware of at all times

Jan 27, 2018 11:16 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is an important topic and great advice to share.

Have an outstanding week.

Jan 28, 2018 05:00 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

You should add your company name and address to your automatic signature.

Jan 28, 2018 05:01 AM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Thank you Roy Kelley  I usually cut and paste a signature but forgot that time.  I need to take the time to add it the automatic signature.  Perhaps that will be today's project.

Jan 28, 2018 06:37 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jim, great post, and Fair Housing is very important in our real estate industry! 

Jan 28, 2018 07:50 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jim, it never hurts to remind the community. On a side note one of the best part of being in my BHHS office in Beverly Hills my manager put the word out a year before the election that we should not discuss politics, religion etc and not just in our office and amongst ourselves...but particularly in Social Media... needless to say he did not need to tell me.... it does create a better community to get along... and  of course I have seen agents in other offices become alienated and hostilities were created... just as I have seen agents lose clients because of lose lips... We never got in trouble for following the Fair Housing Act.... just sayin   Endre

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