Affordable Housing Primer Chapter 3
Fair Housing Basics
Fair Housing laws make it illegal to discriminate in housing because of a person's race, color, gender, national origin, disability, or familial status. For persons with disabilities, these laws go one step further and include provisions allowing for reasonable accommodations and modifications so that persons with disabilities can live in and enjoy housing and common areas. While Fair Housing laws cover all the protected classes mentioned above, and although other laws and local ordinances may also apply, this chapter is intended as a brief overview of Fair Housing protections for renters with disabilties.
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The majority of information in this chapter is taken from Fair Housing for Tenants with Disabilities: Understanding Reasonable Accommodations and Reasonable Modifications (2008 Updated Edition). If you need more information on Fair Housing laws or examples of reasonable accommodations and modifications, this publication is an excellent resource and is available for free from the NC Housing Finance Agency. Click here to download a .PDF copy.
If you believe your Fair Housing rights have been violated, contact NC Legal Aid.