Fair Housing Festival helps reduce buyer/renter discrimination Saturday March 11
Buying or renting a home can be a stressful time for many people. Especially if a person feels they are being discriminated against. That’s why Yuma County, partnering with the City of Yuma and local housing advocacy agencies, will be holding the 9th Annual Fair Housing Festival, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 11th at 450 S. 4th Avenue, Yuma. Local organizations will be on hand to provide information on Fair Housing and housing-related services available in Yuma County.
If someone feels that they have been discriminated during the course of buying or renting, there are agencies that can take their complaints and advise them of their rights. Many people don’t realize this happens, but it goes on all of the time.
EXAMPLE: A property owner doesn’t want to rent a home to a large family so tells the renter something like, “You are not going to like living in this neighborhood, because it’s mostly elderly couples and your kids won’t have any friends to play with them.”
Is this an example of discrimination? The Fair Housing Festival can help answer these questions.
In the Sale and Rental of Housing: No one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap:
- Refuse to rent or sell housing
- Refuse to negotiate for housing
- Make housing unavailable
- Deny a dwelling
- Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling
- Provide different housing services or facilities
- Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental
- For profit, persuade owners to sell or rent (blockbusting) or
- Deny anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing.