If you have a client who has a potential fair housing complaint, take their claims seriously. When a consumer feels discriminated against, they likely don’t need you to talk through it with them — they need you as their REALTOR® to be a resource.
The FHA, to date, includes seven protected classes: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and familial status. This last term refers to the presence of at least one child under 18 years old, and also protects prospects and tenants who are pregnant or in the process of adopting a child.
Let your client know:
- They can file a complaint at no cost.
- They can file a complaint online, by mail, or by phone
- HUD (the Department of Housing and Urban Development) takes all fair housing complaints seriously, responds to each, and refers them to the correct authority
Being a resource for our clients and for consumers is part of our role as a REALTOR® — not only does it help to build trust and credibility, but it’s simply the right thing to do.