April is National Fair Housing Month.
On April 11, 1968 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Fair Housing Act; we commemorate the 55th anniversary of its passage this year. The Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3601 et seq, is a federal law that prohibits discrimination against people in a protected class in the renting or buying of a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance, or engaging in other related activities.
Who is protected?
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing and related activities on the basis of one’s race, color, national origin, religion, sex – which includes gender identity and sexual orientation, familial status, and disability.
Does North Carolina Have any Fair Housing Laws?
Yes, the North Carolina Fair Housing act: NCGS § 41A. Similar to the Federal Fair Housing Act, the State Fair Housing Act prohibits, and makes illegal, the discrimination in housing and related activities because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental handicaps, and family status.
For more information on the State or Federal Fair Housing laws visit the North Carolina Real Estate Commission’s DEI and Fair Housing pages on the website, here. Also, refer to the Commission’s 2020-2021 General Update Course for a practical refresher.