Discrimination in Housing

The Act makes it illegal to discriminate in any aspect of housing because of an individual’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, familial status (children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and disability including:

In Mortgage Lending: No one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, familial status, or disability:

Fair Housing Laws - Protect Your Right to Live Where You Want - Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR-51)

In addition, it is illegal for a housing provider to:

If you believe that you have been discriminated against in housing, you can file a complaint of discrimination.

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Additional Housing Protection Exists if you are a Person with a Disability

If you or someone with whom you are associated has a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such a disability, or is regarded as having such a disability, then your landlord may not:

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Requirements for New Buildings

Buildings that were ready for first occupancy after March 13, 1991, and have an elevator and four or more units are subject to the following requirements:

If a building has four or more units and no elevator and was ready for first occupancy after March 13, 1991, these standards apply to ground-floor units.

Follow this link to the Fair Housing Act Design Manual for the accessibility requirements for covered multi-family dwellings - http://www.huduser.org/publications/destech/fairhousing.html#

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Housing Opportunities for Families

Unless an apartment building or community qualifies as housing for older persons, it may not discriminate based on familial status. That is, it may not discriminate against families in which one or more children under the age of 18 live with a parent, a person who has legal custody of the child or children, or the designee of the parent or legal custodian, with the parent or custodian's written permission. Familial status protection also applies to pregnant women and anyone securing legal custody of a child under the age of 18.

Exemption: Housing for older persons is exempt from the prohibition against familial status discrimination if:

If you believe that you have been discriminated against in housing, you can file a complaint of discrimination.

IMPORTANT: Landlords, housing providers, real estate agents, and brokers are required to post notices advising tenants and customers of their rights under the Act and their right to be free from retaliation. Such notices must be accessible, as needed, to persons with visual or other disabilities that affect reading. These posters are available for printing.

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