Equal Housing Opportunity
All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.”
We will not knowingly accept or allow any advertisement for real estate that is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.
Senior Housing Exemption
Although the Fair Housing Act was amended in 1988 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability and familial status, Congress intended to preserve housing specifically designed to meet the needs of senior residents. Housing that meets the Fair Housing Act definition of housing for older persons is exempt from the law's familial status requirements, provided that:
- It houses at least one person who is 55 or older in at least 80 percent of the occupied units, and adheres to a policy that demonstrates intent to house people who are 55 or older or
- It is occupied solely by people who are 62 or older or
- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has determined that the dwelling is specifically designed for and occupied by seniors under a Federal, State or local government program.
Therefore, housing that satisfies the legal definition of senior housing described above, can legally exclude families with children.
Multifamily Housing Requirements
In all buildings that are ready for first occupancy after March 13, 1991, and have an elevator and four or more units:
- Public and common areas must be accessible to people with disabilities
- Doors and hallways must be wide enough for wheelchairs
- All units must have:
- An accessible route into and through the unit
- Accessible light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats and other environmental controls
- Reinforced bathroom walls to allow later installation of grab bars
- Kitchens and bathrooms that can be used by people in wheelchairs
If a building with four or more units has no elevator, and is ready for first occupancy after March 13, 1991, these standards apply to ground floor units only.
These requirements for new buildings do not replace any more stringent standards in state or local law.