Illinois Fair Housing Laws

Two laws make it illegal for a landlord to discriminate against tenants when they rent a place to live. They are the federal Fair Housing Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act. These laws identify and specify what conduct is unlawful housing discrimination.

It is not necessarily illegal for a landlord to treat different tenants differently. But in virtually any housing-related matter, it is illegal for a landlord to treat tenants differently because of one or more of the following personal traits or qualities:

  • -race
  • -color
  • -religion
  • -sex
  • -national origin
  • -disability
  • -familial status

"Familial status" applies if you are a parent or other person with legal custody of minor children who live with you. Familial status also applies to any person who is pregnant or is in the process of securing legal custody of a minor child.

The Illinois Human Rights Act also prohibits discrimination in housing based upon ancestry, age, military status, marital status, and sexual orientation. Some cities or towns have their own fair housing laws that may prohibit other bases of discrimination.

For more information about West Virginia Fair Housing Laws please go to:
http://www.illinoislegalaid.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.dsp_content&contentID=1755


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