What is Housing Discrimination?
During the Civil Rights movement, one of the most pernicious but subtle forms of discrimination occurred in the area of housing. By denying African-Americans and other disadvantaged groups the right to reside in certain areas, property owners were able to effectively impose segregation even after it had been declared illegal by the Supreme Court. For this reason, Congress passed legislation banning discriminatory housing practices based on certain factors, including race, religion, sex, national origin, and disability.
If you or someone you know thinks that you may have been the victim of discriminatory actions relating to housing, we may be able to help you receive the justice you deserve. Contact the Austin fair housing lawyers of The Melton Law Firm, at 512-330-0017 today to discuss your situation with an experienced and knowledgeable legal professional.
Types of Housing Discrimination
Housing discrimination can occur in a number of ways. Of these, the following are some of the most common:
- Refusal to rent, sell, or negotiate with protected categories of individuals
- Denying the availability of housing
- Threatening or interfering with those planning to make a housing complaint
- Advertising based on a preferred race, religion, etc.
- Refusing to make reasonable accommodations or allow reasonable accommodations to be made by disabled individuals
These and other discriminatory housing activities are not only reprehensible and unfair; they are against the law.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of housing discrimination, we may be able to help. Contact the Austin fair housing attorneys of The Melton Law Firm, at 512-330-0017 today to learn more about how we can help.