In the sale and rental of housing and in mortgage lending: No one may take any discriminatory actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability per the Fair Housing Act. In Rhode Island, state law also prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of military status,marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a victim of domestic abuse.
In addition, it is illegal for anyone to:
- Threaten, coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing
right or assisting others who exercise that right
- Advertise or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on
race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap. This
prohibition against discriminatory advertising applies to single-family and
owner-occupied housing that is otherwise exempt from the Fair Housing Act.