Happy Birthday Fair Housing Act – Born April 11th, 1968 Born within the Civil Rights Act of 1968, the Fair Housing Act defines housing discrimination as the “refusal to sell or rent a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion or national origin”. Later the disabled and families with children were added to the list.
Although our Constitutions 5th amendment addresses the right to own private property those rights were withheld from slaves, women and Native Americans through the end of Civil War. In 1866, the first housing legislation was passed granting all US citizens born in the United States, including minorities, the right to “purchase, lease, sell, hold and convey real and personal property”.
As a proud member of the National Association of REALTORS I am bound by a strong code of ethics. It is my responsibility to make sure the fair housing regulations are upheld and honor those to that fought for the rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1968. It is not just my job. It is an honor.
Happy Birthday Fair Housing Act!