UT 3.0 hours Avoiding Common Mistakes - Course Syllabus
3.0 Elective Hours
Fair Housing is a topic involving principles. Many costly mistakes are made that involve Fair Housing violations. This course covers the Fair Housing guidelines, established by the federal Fair Housing Law, which will give us the basis for our professional conduct involving equal access to affordable housing for all people regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, or if they are disabled.
The federal Civil Rights Act of 1866 prohibits all racial discrimination in the sale or rental of property. In leasing or selling residential property, the Civil Rights Act of 1968 expands the definition of discrimination to include not only race, but also national origin, color, and religion. The federal Fair Housing Act of 1988 and Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 constitute the Fair Housing Act. The Act makes fair housing a national policy throughout the U.S. It prohibits discrimination in the sale, lease or rental of housing, or making housing otherwise unavailable because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.
Any person who feels himself or herself a victim of housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, disability, religion, or sex in a CDBG-funded project may file a complaint with HUD.
It is important for real estate professionals always, and especially when showing property, to be aware of the Fair Housing Laws. Awareness of the law can aid in preventing illegal acts of discrimination.