Consumers should educate themselves on the protections the Fair Housing Act affords buyers and renters so that they can protect their rights.
Both the Federal Fair Housing Act and the Louisiana Equal Housing Opportunity Act make it illegal to deny a person housing solely on the basis of:
These seven groups are often referred to as the protected classes under the Fair Housing Act. Here are some examples of illegal discrimination, if such action occurred solely based on the person being a member of one of the protected classes:
The Fair Housing Act does not prohibit the denial of housing on the basis of credit worthiness, previous rental history, or criminal record. Furthermore, the Fair Housing Act does not protect persons who present a direct threat to the persons or property of others. Developments that put policies such as these into place must make sure that they are consistently applied to everyone attempting to lease or purchase the same or a comparable home.