Pennsylvania Fair Housing Laws

In Pennsylvania the Fair Housing Act protects tenants from housing discrimination by landlords based upon the following protected classes:

  • -Race

  • -Color

  • -Religion/Creed

  • -National Origin/Ethnicity/Ancestry

  • -Familial Status (having children under the age of 18 in the home)

  • -Disability

  • -Gender

  • -Age (over 40 in the State of Pennsylvania)

The following are examples of discrimination that is not accept under the protect classes stated above:

  • -Refusal to rent or sell housing;

  • -Refusal to negotiate for housing;

  • -Making housing unavailable;

  • -Refusal to make Reasonable Accommodations/Modifications;

  • -Setting different terms, conditions, or privileges in the sale or rental of a dwelling, or in the terms of a mortgage loan;

  • -Providing different housing services or facilities;

  • -Falsely stating that housing is unavailable for inspections, sale, or rental;

  • -For profit, persuading owners to sell or rent (blockbusting);

  • -Setting different terms or conditions in mortgages;

  • -Making discriminatory statements regarding the availability of a unit;

  • -Steering families with children or people with disabilities to the first floor.

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