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Communicating with your Landlord
This section contains some sample letters to use in officially communicating with your landlord. Sample Letter Requesting a Meeting to Discuss ConcernsSample Letter in Resonse to RA/RM Denial
Definitions of Commonly Used Terms and Acronyms
Commonly used terms and acronyms related to Fair Housing.Blockbusting – Encouraging an owner to rent or sell quickly and at a loss by appealing to the fear that prospective purchases or...
A summary on a housing provider’s obligation to make reasonable accommodations and modifications which may be necessary to afford a person with a disability the equal opportunity to use and...
Domestic Violence and Fair Housing Laws
National and local statistics show that 90-95% of victims of domestic violence are women. When a housing provider has a policy of denying tenancy to or evicting anyone who is involved in a...
Fair Housing Act Includes Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination - Feb. 11, 2021
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a press release on February 11, 2021 that they will begin enforcing the Fair Housing Act to include protection against...
Fair Housing Act Overview of Law
Fair Housing Act a. The Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act, prohibits discrimination in the sale and rental of housing. It prohibits any discrimination that is based on...
Fair Housing Advertising
Guidance from the US Dept of Housing and Urban development on fair housing advertising, including common words and phrases to avoid in placing housing advertisements.
Fair Housing for Seniors
Elderly people who have suffered discrimination are increasingly turning to federal law to secure greater housing opportunities and protect their rights. By Michael Allen and Susan Ann...
Fair Housing in Idaho: Resources
Idaho Legal Aid Fair Housing Advice Line: 208-345-0106 in Boise area or 1-866-345-0106 (toll free) or 1-800-245-7573 (TTY). Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday* 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Mountain...
Familial Status Discrimination Brochure - Multiple Languages
This brochure provides an overview of housing discrimination based upon familial status and is available in multiple languages below.
Healthy Housing is Fair Housing: Mold, Bed Bugs, and More
Addressing issues that can lead to unhealthy housing and looks at how unhealthy housing can sometimes be a Fair Housing issue. Fair Housing/Healthy Homes (Greensboro, NC...
How can I tell if I have been discriminated against?
The following activities may indicate discrimination. You can follow up by requesting a written explanation from the housing provider or by contacting an agency, such as the Intermountain Fair...
HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies
HUD sponsors housing counseling agencies throughout the country that can provide advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues. This page allows you to select a list...
HUD Fair Housing Enforcement - Occupancy Standards
Notice of Statement of Policy from Department of Housing and Urban Development on Fair Housing Enforcement and occupancy standards.
HUD Predatory Lending
Over the last several years, our nation has made enormous progress in expanding access to capital for previously under served borrowers. Despite this progress, however, too many families are...
Design and Construction Resources HUD Design Manual - Fair Housing Guidelines: www.huduser.org Select publications on the left Select alphabetical listing on right Select "F" for fair...
HUD/DOJ Statement Re: Group Homes, Local Land Use, and the Fair Housing Act
Since the federal Fair Housing Act ("the Act") was amended by Congress in 1988 to add protections for persons with disabilities and families with children, there has been a great deal of...
I am a Housing Provider
This section is tailored for housing providers. It includes general fair housing information, guidance and tips for housing providers to meet your Fair Housing Act obligations, and information on...
I Have Questions About Fair Housing
Do you have questions about fair housing law that have not been addressed on this site? If so, this section is provided as a resource for you with a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, the...
I Want Help Creating a Fair Housing Document
This section includes sample forms, letters, and other documents that will be useful to those interested in exercising their rights under the Fair Housing Act. These examples can help guide a...
I Want to Know the Law
This section provides information on the Fair Housing Act and the classes of people it protects. Consumers can learn about their Fair Housing rights and what they can do to exercise and protect...
Lending and the Fair Housing Act
Discrimination in mortgage lending is prohibited by the Fair Housing Act. The Act makes it unlawful to engage in discriminatory practices based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex,...
LEP Title VI Compliance Checklist
This checklist was developed for the purpose of assisting recipients of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding in ensuring that Limited English Proficient (LEP) persons...
Limited English Proficiency Tips
Know whether Title VI’s limited English proficiency (LEP) requirements apply to your business or agency.Title VI requires that persons with limited English proficiency must be able to...
Race, Color, National Origin Discrimination Brochure - Multiple Languages
This brochure offers an overview of housing discrimination based on race, color, or national origin and is translated into multiple languages below.
What is a Reasonable Accommodation? Under the Fair Housing Act, a person with a disability can request changes or exceptions to rules, policies, or practices of a landlord, where necessary to...
Safe Housing is Fair Housing
Free interactive forms are available for tenants to request repairs.Repairs Notice Packet - Use this interactive form packet if you want to request repairs from your landlord on your rented...
The Fair Housing Act
Sec. 800. [42 U.S.C. 3601 note] Short Title This title may be cited as the "Fair Housing Act". Sec. 801. [42 U.S.C. 3601] Declaration of Policy It is the policy of the United States to provide,...
Tips for Housing Providers
Best Practices To Avoid Fair Housing Act ViolationsKeep detailed and meticulous records Adopt and use the Fair Housing Act’s Equal Housing Opportunity Logo and nondiscrimination statement: ...
VAWA Housing Toolkit for Advocates
The Violence Against Women Act: A Housing Toolkit for Advocates
What housing is covered by the Fair Housing Act?
The Fair Housing Act covers “dwellings”: any building, structure, or portion of a building that is occupied or intended to be occupied or where a person intends to return. The Act applies only...
What is the Fair Housing Act?
The Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Acts, prohibits discrimination in housing.The Fair Housing Act Prohibits Discrimination in the Sale and Rental of Housing Based on a...
What should I do if I believe my fair housing rights have been violated?
You can call Idaho Legal Aid’s Fair Housing Advice Line at (866) 345-0106 (toll free) or (208) 345-0106 (Boise calling area) for free legal advice. You can file a complaint with the U.S....
Who is protected by the fair housing laws?
The Fair Housing Act protects seven protected classes: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, and disability.
Resources and information related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including protections under the CARES Act, evictions, unemployment benefits, garnishment of wages, etc.
Money, Debt, and Bankruptcy
Credit Practices/Credit Reports
Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices
Small Claims Action
Collection Proof Debtor
Debt Management Counseling
Pay Day Loans
Other Identity Theft
Family Law and Domestic Violence
Civil Protection Order (CPO)
Custody and Visitation or Parenting Time
Third-Party Custody or Visitation
Adult or Minor Name Change
Family Law Community Resources
Employment and Unemployment
Workplace Safety and Health
Health and Medical Benefits
State or Locally Funded Medical Programs
Health and Medical Benefits Community Resources
Guardianship & Conservatorship
Complaint Against a Guardian or Conservator
LGBTQ Community Resources
Evictions and Lockouts
Repairs and Damages
Service or Support Animals
Federal Fair Housing Act
How to File a Fair Housing Complaint
Renter Safety and VAWA
Utility Issues and Shutoffs
Subsidized or Public Housing Programs
Mobile Home Issues
Home Equity Conversion/Reverse Mortgage
Foreclosure and Covid-19
Renters and Foreclosure
Foreclosure and Bankruptcy
Housing Community Resources
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Workplace Safety & Health
Power of Attorney/Advanced Directive/Living Will
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Resources for Seniors
Wills and Small Estates
Living Wills/Advance Directives/Powers of Attorney
Wills and Holographic Wills
Supplemental Security Income
Social Security Disability Benefits