Fair Housing Act

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.equal-housing-opportunity-logo-png-transparent

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.

Fair Housing Resources For Brokers

Last year the nation celebrated the 50th year anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.  This year as we look forward to the next 50 years of fair access to housing, the Long Island Board of REALTORS® strongly encourages Brokers to create an action plan for your company, whether you are a company of 1 or 1,000.  Action plans should focus on increasing awareness and understanding of the Fair Housing Act and stressing the importance and benefits compliance.

To assist you in the creation of a Fair Housing action plan, LIBOR has put together some Fair Housing resources for that can be used in office meetings, email and company newsletters and resources you can provide to consumers.

Fair access to housing choice isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the law.   

NAR Video on The Fair Housing Act (6 mins)

National Fair Housing Alliance 2018 Report


NAR Report on Fair Housing at 50, 2018




Fair Housing PSA (1 min)


Diversity or Sensitivity Training




Fair Housing Educational Materials


Fair Housing Quiz (12 questions)


Fair Housing Resources For Everyone