Small House with gavel in front of text: Fair Housing

Every Month is Fair Housing Month

Nothing makes you realize how valuable the opportunity to own a home can be than by celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. While the need for Fair Housing laws in the first place is disheartening, no single federal policy has had a greater impact on shaping our neighborhoods and communities for the better than passage of the Fair Housing Act. Recently, Washington REALTORS® worked with the Legislature to help celebrate the 50th anniversary and with the Governor’s office to issue a formal Proclamation.

Find more Fair Housing information on NAR's website

 



 

 

WR Fair Housing Video Collection

Playlist of Legal Hotline videos, featuring Legal Hotline Lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons, that cover fair housing issues and best practices.

 



 

 

50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

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Fair Housing Resources


U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development


Washington State Human Rights Commission

360-753-6770
800-233-3247 in WA
TTY 800-300-7525
Fax 360-586-2282
www.hum.wa.gov


King County Office of Civil Rights

206-263-2446
TTY Relay: 711
Fax 206-296-4329
www.kingcounty.gov/civilrights


Seattle Office for Civil Rights

206-684-4500
TTY 206-684-4503
Fax 206-684-0332
www.seattle.gov/civilrights


Office of Equity and Human Rights


Fair Housing Center of Washington (Western WA)

253-274-9523
888-766-8800 (toll free)
Fax 253-274-8220
www.fhcwashington.org


Northwest Fair Housing Alliance (Eastern WA)

509-325-2665
800-200-FAIR (in 509 area code)
Fax 509-325-2716
www.nwfairhouse.org

WR Fair Housing Articles


  • REALTORS® as Change Agents

    Summary:

    FAIR HOUSING CONVERSATIONS - By creating a safe and welcoming space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) homebuyers and renters, Washington real estate brokers can make a difference in their own communities and statewide.

  • Building Trust in a Community

    Summary:

    "REALTORS® should be aware of the effect that growth has on a community, the diverse households that live there and the diminished affordable housing opportunities that can result. Expansion and growth are good for our business but we should be conscious of giving back to communities where people often struggle because of the growth."

  • What NOT to Say: Fair Housing Conversations

    Summary:

    Lack of awareness can cause brokers to inadvertently violate Fair Housing law. Real estate brokers need to avoid making comments that can be construed as "steering," or statements that could steer clients away from, or toward, certain neighborhoods based on race, religion or other protected categories to prevent any implication of housing discrimination.

  • Property Management Q & A - Spring 2017

    Summary:

    Question: We manage a 150 unit complex in South Seattle. I have a tenant that wants to move his wife and child into the apartment he shares with a roommate. Their payment history is terrible. Due to the poor payment history, I don't want to allow any lease changes. Making this even more complicated, he disclosed to me that his wife was just released from parole in Texas. Does the fact that he disclosed this tie my hands to taking the application for his wife? Due to the recent HUD guidance, I am concerned about not letting her apply due to the criminal aspect. Could I tell him if he has clean rent and utility payments for 6 straight months I'll at least accept her application?

  • Property Management Q & A - Autumn 2016

    Summary:

    I recently attended a conference for property managers and one of my colleagues mentioned that they had received a letter from the Attorney General's office asserting that it was not prohibited to deny applicants based on criminal history. I didn't want to press my friend too much as to what this was all about, but I thought I would ask you what was going on and if this sounded correct.

 

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NAR Resources


Fair Housing Act: Criminal History-Based Practices and Policies

Originally posted on April 7, 2016 on REALTOR.org

In the recently issued “Office of General Counsel Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real Estate-Related Transactions(link is external)”, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) urges housing providers to exercise caution when implementing criminal history policies or practices used to make housing decisions.

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