New Mexico Fair Housing Laws

Landlords in New Mexico are not allowed to discriminate towards tenants due to the Fair Housing Act. Fair Housing is the right for everyone to have access to housing without discrimination based on:

  • Race

  • Religion

  • National origin

  • Sex

  • Color

  • Familial status

  • Disability

The New Mexico also restricts discrimination based on:
  • Ancestry

  • Sexual orientation

  • Gender identity

  • Spousal affiliation

The most common housing discrimination practices are:
  1. Refusing to rent or negotiate for a dwelling for discriminatory reasons.
  2. Discriminating in rental amounts, security deposits, enforcement of rules or other terms and conditions of rental.
  3. Representing that an available dwelling is not available for inspection or rental when it is.
  4. Saying, publishing or displaying a racial, religious, sexual or ethnic preference with respect to the rental of housing.
  5. Directing anyone to rental property in a particular area for discriminatory reasons.
  6. Directing anyone to a particular section of the community for discriminatory reasons.
  7. Denying a loan or offering different financial terms and conditions for discriminatory reasons.
  8. Engaging in panic-selling by representing that the racial composition of a neighborhood is going to change.
  9. Excluding or discriminating against families with children, except under specific guidelines for housing for older persons.
  10. Discriminating against or failing to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.

For more information about New Mexico Fair Housing Laws please go to:

http://www.housingnm.org/fair-housing

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