Fair Housing Act

The Federal Fair Housing Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, and various local laws, such as the New York City Human Rights Law and the Nassau County and Suffolk County Human Rights Law, make it illegal to discriminate in the sale, lease, purchase, rental, or financing of any housing accommodation, or making housing otherwise unavailable, because of a protected characteristic. For a list of the protected characteristics identified by Federal, New York State, New York City, Nassau and Suffolk County, click here.

equal-housing-logoThese Fair Housing Laws also prohibit the making, printing or publishing of any statement, notice or advertisement in connection with the sale or rental of housing which expresses a preference, limitation, or discrimination based on a protected class.

These laws were enacted to protect against discrimination. Any actions in violation of these laws can lead to legal liability and hefty fines.



Fair Housing Resources For Brokers

Last year, the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.  This year, as we look forward to the next 50 years of fair access to housing, the Long Island Board of REALTORS® strongly encourages Brokers to create an action plan for your company, whether you are a company of 1 or 1,000.  Action plans should focus on increasing awareness and understanding of the Fair Housing Act and stressing the importance of benefits compliance.

To assist you in the creation of a Fair Housing action plan, LIBOR has put together some Fair Housing resources that can be used in office meetings, email and company newsletters and resources you can provide to consumers.

Fair access to housing choice isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the law. 

NAR Video on The Fair Housing Act (6 mins)

National Fair Housing Alliance 2018 Report

NAR Report on Fair Housing at 50, 2018


Fair Housing PSA (1 min)

Diversity or Sensitivity Training

Fair Housing Educational Materials

Fair Housing Quiz (12 questions)