Fair Housing and Retaliation

Guest Blogger:  Jo Becker, Education/Outreach Specialist, Fair Housing Council, Serving Oregon and SW Washington
———————————————————————————————You no doubt know that fair housing laws protect against illegal housing discrimination based on “protected class status1” in any housing transaction and, in fact, any housing situation.  And you may be familiar of the concept of illegal retaliation under landlord / tenant law but did you know that retaliation is also illegal under fair housing laws?

Quiz Yourself:
Jeff Jones, a tenant, complains to the apartment owner that the resident manager Fred Smith made racial comments in his presence. Manager Fred Smith gets angry and gives Jeff Jones an eviction notice.

Is this illegal under fair housing law?  READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.


Qs about your rights and responsibilities under fair housing laws?  Visit FHCO.org or call 1-800-424-3247 Ext. 2.

Qs about this article?  Want to schedule an in-office fair housing training program or speaker for corporate or association functions?  Contact Jo Becker at jbecker@FHCO.org or 503/453-4016.

Have property to promote?  Advertise vacancies or for-sales free across the Portland / Vancouver market at HousingConnections.org!

[1] Federally protected classes under the Fair Housing Act include:  race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (children), and disability.  Oregon law also protects marital status, source of income, sexual orientation, and domestic violence survivors.  Washington law covers martial status, sexual orientation, and domestic violence survivors, and honorably discharged veterans / military status. Additional protected classes have been added in particular geographic areas; visit FHCO.org/mission.htm and read the section entitled “View Local Protected Classes” for more information.

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