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Fair Housing

On behalf of the West Branch Valley Association of Realtors®, thank you for visiting our webpage for information on the importance of Fair Housing.

If you should have any questions about Fair Housing, please reference the links below.

National Fair Housing Act, established in 1968, protects people from discrimination when they are renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance or engaging in other housing-related activities. Additional protections apply to federally assisted housing.

Americans with Disabilities Act, prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation and all public and private places that are open to the public.

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, enforces state laws that prohibit discrimination and investigates housing discrimination complaints on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD.

Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, prohibits discrimination in all housing transactions including but not limited to sales, rental, finance, providing reasonable accommodations or modifications to housing or commercial properties based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familiar status, disability, age (over 40 in housing), ancestry and pregnancy.

Who’s protected by state and national Fair Housing Laws?

State and national Fair Housing Laws prohibit discrimination against any person based on: age, ancestry, color, disability, familial status, national origin, race, religion, sex, use of service or support animal. Many municipalities have identified additional protected classes by local ordinance, including but not limited to sexual orientation, gender identity and source of income.

For Realtors®, the National Association of Realtors® Code of Ethics goes beyond federal and state law, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

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