Fair Housing


The Fair Housing Act makes illegal any discrimination in the sale, lease or rental of housing, or making housing otherwise unavailable, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

The remarks section on your MLS listings are viewed by HUD the same as advertising. Any discriminatory terms could lead to a fine of $50,000 or more to both the broker and MLS.

The Fair Housing Act prohibits the making, printing or publishing of any statement, notice or advertisement in connection with the sale or rental of housing which expresses a preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. REALTORS should be aware that this applies not only to real estate advertisements, but also to notices and statements in listings on the MLS and any other statements, verbal or written, connected with the sale or rental of housing. The HUD guidelines on advertising state that HUD will examine wording used in ads to determine if, in the context used, discrimination is a likely result.


Forbidden Words in Advertising (PDF)
Protected Classes (PDF)