South Carolina Fair Housing Laws

The Fair Housing Act was designed to ensure that individuals in the same housing market, have the same housing choices regardless of:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex (gender)
  • National Origin
  • Disability (mental and physical)
  • Familial Status (presence of children under 18 in the home)

In South Carolina, Fair Housing rights and protections are provided under the United States Fair Housing Act of 1968, other applicable Federal laws, Executive Orders and regulations, and comparable state laws like the South Carolina Fair Housing Act. Enforcement is provided by the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development and the US Department of Justice, and in South Carolina by the state Human Affairs Commission.

In South Carolina it is unlawful on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or familial status, to

Local/Counties : Includes all federal and state protections listed above as well as:

  • Refuse to rent or sell housing, make housing, refuse negotiating for housing, set different T&C's and privileges for the sale/rental of housing units, falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale or rental, provide different housing services or facilities , deny anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing

  • Refuse to extend a mortgage loan, refuse information about loans, set different T&Cs and offer different points, interest rates, fees for a loan, refuse to purchase a loan, give a different appraisal.

  • Threaten, coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others to exercise that right.

  • Advertise or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability. This applies to single-family and owner-occupied housing that is otherwise exempt from the Fair Housing Act

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