What Is A Housing Discrimination Complaint?
Housing discrimination is a term that is used widely in the United States. The meaning of this term varies greatly from place to place, as it is used in different contexts and according to the circumstances. It can mean treating someone unfairly in favor of another person or in favor of someone else. Housing discrimination also means systematic acts of exclusion or discrimination against a person in favor of another. This disparate treatment of an individual on the housing market may be based on gender, race, age, disability, national origin, or on the location in which a person resides.
The types of housing discrimination are further classified as intentional discrimination, employment discrimination, landlord discrimination, and residential association discrimination. The most common forms of discrimination are age, gender, national origin, religion, marital status, or sexual orientation. The following paragraphs provide an introduction to the protected classes as covered under the laws that concern housing opportunities.
Age is an important factor when considering the rights to housing discrimination. A fair housing regulation ensures that no age discrimination takes place. For example, a landlord cannot refuse to rent out a unit to a prospective tenant on the basis of his or her age. Likewise, a prospective tenant cannot be denied the right to rent a unit simply because he or she is too old to qualify as a prime tenant.
National origin discrimination is another significant area of housing discrimination. If a landlord or agent of the landlord refuses to rent a unit to a potential tenant on the basis of nationality, the tenant has the right to refuse to rent any housing property that he or she may be able to get elsewhere. Similarly, if a landlord denies a potential tenant based on nationality, the tenant has the right to seek alternative accommodation. Likewise, if a tenant is turned down for a rental unit on the basis of nationality, the tenant has the right to appeal the decision to the Tribunal.
Landlords must also remember that fair housing laws apply not only to tenants but also to the owners and management of rental units. As such, landlords must ensure that they do not make any discriminatory remarks in their rental programs or otherwise in the premises. They are required to conduct themselves accordingly to avoid the possibility of any complaint from either prospective or current tenants. Additionally, all landlords should also take measures to ensure that there is no discrimination in any other terms including rules on access to key amenities such as kitchens, bathrooms and swimming pools.
Any action brought against a landlord by a potential tenant, former tenant or member of the public has the potential to set back the process of renting in the future. As such, it is extremely important that a landlord has a clear understanding of their legal obligations and their rights to take action for housing discrimination. If a landlord is found to have contravened the UK Human Rights Act or other relevant legislation, he or she may well find that their entire property – including their rent collections and deposits – are invalidated and this could mean the end of the assets of their landlord and their ability to continue to earn a living. In addition, a successful and housing discrimination complaint may result in the loss of their reputation and influence within the community and even affect their ability to obtain housing in the future.