Fair Housing

Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc. promotes fair housing for all person including Spanish and Creole speaking residents across Broward County. Fair housing refers to laws that make it illegal to discriminate in activities related to the sale, rental or lease of housing. Fair housing laws prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, handicap, sex, familial status (children under the age of 18, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18) or disability.

FAIR HOUSING RIGHTS

Prohibited Practices

  • Refusing to rent, sell or negotiate for housing
  • Making housing unavailable or to deny access to housing
  • Set different terms, conditions or privileges for the sale or rental of a unit or dwelling
  • Deny that housing is available for sale, rental or inspection
  • Deny access to services related to the sale or rental of a dwelling
  • Deny access to the rental of housing

It is against the law to threaten, coerce or interfere with any individual exercising a fair housing right.

If you experience housing discrimination

  • Keep a written record of all attempted and actual contacts and conversations with the manager, landlord, real estate agent, owner, mortgage broker or other representatives involved.
  • Maintain all documents and records, including receipts, leases, purchase contracts, applications, loan applications, letters requesting documents and letters of denial or other documents relating to the housing application.

CONTACT:

Broward County Human Rights Section

Governmental Center

115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 427

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-1883

954-357-7800 (Voice)

954-357-7817 (Fax)

954-357-6181 (TTY)

Or contact us via email at: humanrights@broward.org

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Housing Discrimination Hotline 1-800-669-9777 Provides information for callers about Fair Housing Rights. Records consumer complaints of unfair treatment or discrimination. In Spanish and English.


You have one year after an alleged violation to file a complaint, but you should file the complaint as soon as possible.