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.




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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

  • Be Prepared to Accommodate Service Animals


    Approximately 50% of fair housing complaints filed with HUD, state and local enforcement agencies allege that a housing or real estate professional refused to accommodate a person with a disability. To avoid a fair housing complaint, real estate professionals must be prepared to accommodate disabled buyers and sellers who arrive at open houses, office visits, and other meetings accompanied by a service animal.

  • Niche Markets


    The world we live in today is becoming more and more specialized. With the availability of over 500 cable channels, targeted magazines, and boundless specialists in most industries, ranging from fashion to healthcare, today’s consumers are used to finding products and services targeted to their specific needs or wants. This kind of consumer expectation lends itself particularly well for REALTORS® who decide to focus their business and specialize in a niche market.

  • The Ultimate Love Letter


    The process of searching for the “perfect” home can be exhilarating and exhausting. When a buyer finds the home that they simply “love” it is understandable that the buyer is motivated to ensure that their offer stands out above the rest. To achieve that goal, a buyer might include a “love letter” with their offer that professes their love for the home. While the buyer’s motivation is understandable, an offer that is accepted on the basis of anything other than the ultimate love letter—price and terms—might violate fair housing law.



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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