Fair Housing

Fair Housing
It is an unfair practice for any person to refuse to sell or rent after the making of a bona fide offer, or to refuse to negotiate for the sale or rental of, or otherwise make unavailable or deny a dwelling to any person.

How to File a housing complaint


Fair Housing & Real Estate Resources

Unlike other discrimination complaints, complaints relating to housing or real estate must be filed within one year of the date of the alleged discrimination.

Disability Access Requirements in New Construction Housing Projects

Fair Housing Occupancy Standards

On February 20, 1998, the Commission issued a Guidance Memorandum on Fair Housing Occupancy Standards. This is an important issue for landlords and for families with children seeking fair housing opportunities.

[ Link ] Occupancy Standards guidance memorandum.

Interaction between Federal and State Law

The Commission has a cooperative agreement with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to process and investigate dual-filed housing complaints for which our Commission receives finding under the Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP). The Commission is a FHAP agency because our law is substantially equivalent to the federal Fair Housing Act. Most of the Commission's housing cases are dual-filed with HUD; however, the state fair housing law is more expansive than the federal fair housing law and occasionally the Commission will prepare a complaint with Commission jurisdiction only.

[ Link ] U.S. Dept of Justice Fair Housing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Making Home Affordable Program

Homeowners NEVER have to pay to participate in the President’s Making Home Affordable program. We encourage anyone trying to modify or refinance their loans to a monthly mortgage payment that is affordable to visit the Making Home Affordable website at makinghomeaffordable.gov.  Homeowners can also call the Homeowner’s HOPE Hotline at 1-888-995-HOPE for free foreclosure counseling assistance.

  • [ Link ] Making Home Affordable brochure in English or Spanish (Espanol)
  • [ Link ] Spanish (Espanol) outline

Washington State Fair Housing Update

  • [ Link ] Published by the Fair Housing Partners of Washington

Fair Housing for Real Estate Professionals

  • [Link] Top 100 Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Fair Housing for Property Owners and Managers

  • [ Link ] Top 100 Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Fair Housing Sample Rental Policies

  • [ Link ] Tenants with Disabilities
  • [ Link ] Tenants with Service Animals
  • [ Link ] Tenant on Tenant Harassment

[ Link ] Fair Housing Agencies (PDF)


Dos and Don'ts for Homebuyers

Dos and Don'ts for Saving Your Home

Facts and Tips for Homebuyers with Disabilities, Avoiding Discrimination in Mortgage Lending



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