Small House with gavel in front of text: Fair Housing

Every Month is Fair Housing Month

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. In 2018, Washington REALTORS® worked with the Legislature to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Fair Housing and with the Governor’s office to issue a formal Proclamation. In 2019, the WR Executive Committee authorized up to $100,000 for a Fair Housing program (more information). Stay tuned for details to come.  

Find more Fair Housing information on NAR's website

Fair Housing Related News




WR Fair Housing Video Collection

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




Download Our Fair Housing Poster

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Fair Housing Resources

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

Washington State Human Rights Commission

800-233-3247 in WA
TTY 800-300-7525
Fax 360-586-2282

King County Office of Civil Rights

TTY Relay: 711
Fax 206-296-4329

Seattle Office for Civil Rights

TTY 206-684-4503
Fax 206-684-0332

Office of Equity and Human Rights

Fair Housing Center of Washington (Western WA)

888-766-8800 (toll free)
Fax 253-274-8220

Northwest Fair Housing Alliance (Eastern WA)

800-200-FAIR (in 509 area code)
Fax 509-325-2716

WR Fair Housing Articles

  • REALTORS® as Change Agents


    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


    "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


    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


    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


    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.



NAR Resources

Fair Housing Act: Criminal History-Based Practices and Policies

Originally posted on April 7, 2016 on

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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