What is housing discrimination?

Housing discrimination comes in many forms and is often subtle. Some signs of possible discrimination include:

         -   A refusal to sell, rent, or show available housing
         -   Requiring different terms and conditions for identical dwellings, i.e. charging higher rent, security deposit for different tenants
         -   Being told that the dwelling isn’t right for you or your family
         -   Being told that housing isn’t available in an apartment with a “For Rent” sign
         -   Housing advertisements that say “no kids” or “adults only”
         -   A refusal to make a reasonable accommodation or allow a modification to make the dwelling accessible for a person with a disability
         -   Harassment or intimidation
         -   Offering nonstandard and unfavorable terms in the purchase of a home or property insurance
         -   Terms of availability that change between a phone contact and an inperson visit
         -   Being steered to racially segregated neighborhoods during your home search
         -   Excessive or inappropriate questioning upon requesting information about a dwelling

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1. Is my rental income subject to the Housing Board Tax?
2. What is the Fair Housing Act?
3. What housing is covered?
4. What is prohibited?
5. What is housing discrimination?
6. What should I do if I have questions or think my rights have been violated?