Texas Fair Housing Laws

Under the Texas Fair Housing Laws, it is illegal for the landlord to discriminate against a tenant in any of the following manners:

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

-Harass, coerce, intimidate, threaten or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise their fair housing rights

Under the U.S. Fair Housing Act and Texas Fair Housing Act, no one may take any of the following actions in the sale and rental of housing or in mortgage lending based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or familial status.

  • -Refuse to rent or sell housing

  • -Refuse to negotiate for housing

  • -Advertise housing to preferred groups of people only

  • -Show apartments or homes in certain neighborhoods only

  • -Say that housing is unavailable for inspection, sale or rental when in fact it is available

  • -Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling

  • -Provide different housing services or facilities

  • -Deny 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 make certain modifications or accommodations for persons with a mental or physical disability

For more information about Texas Fair Housing Laws please go to:

http://www.twc.state.tx.us/crd/housing-discrimination.html#fairRequirements

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