Philadelphia Fair Housing Act (FHA) Lawyers
Ready to Protect Your Rights Against Housing Discrimination
Fair housing means having the right to choose where to live without facing discrimination. Property managers and landlords are required to treat people as equals and make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. Unfortunately, such discrimination continues to persist, which is why it is imperative to seek legal representation to obtain the justice you deserve.
If you have been denied housing because of your race, color, religion, gender, familial status, nationality, or disability, our legal team at Weisberg Law can guide you through all federal and state fair housing laws. We can thoroughly examine your case, determine your available legal options, and help you file a complaint with housing authorities or even a lawsuit.
Do not hesitate to contact us today at (610) 550-8042 for a free initial consultation.
About the Fair Housing Act (FHA)
Originally passed as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, the FHA prohibits discrimination regarding housing sales and rentals based on race, color, nationality, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. The federal law applies to residential housing with at least four units, including community associations.
The FHA applies to selling or renting housing, advertising housing, providing loans or financial assistance for buyers and renters, appraising or brokering real estate, interfering with a person’s right to use and enjoy the property, and any intimidation or threats related to the purchase or rental of housing based on discrimination. The federal law also makes it illegal to discriminate when it comes to mortgage lending, harassment, and retaliation.
Common examples of housing discrimination include:
- A landlord makes the application process for a person from a protected class much more demanding compared to other applicants.
- A person from a protected class calls a landlord to inquire about an available unit and the landlord confirms the availability. But upon the person’s arrival, the landlord sees that the person is from a protected class and tell him/her that the unit has since been rented.
- A contractor or a real estate broker advertises a housing complex specifically toward a specific group of people.
- A bank refuses to give a person a loan abased on his/her protected class.
If you believe you have been discriminated against, you may file a complaint with the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO), which is part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). You must provide facts to prove why your rights were violated.
Before the FHEO investigates your complaint, the HUD will review it and the accused party may respond. If the FHEO finds that there is reasonable cause that a violation occurred, the HUD or Justice Department will take legal action against the other party.
Before you file your housing discrimination complaint, let our firm review it to ensure you have the strongest chance of winning your case. We can help you file a lawsuit against the violating party and represent you in court, if necessary.
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Whether you are a person of a protected class who had their rights violated or a property owner who is facing a complaint or lawsuit, our firm provides extensive legal services to both sides of the aisle. We are committed to help you obtain the most favorable outcome.
For more information about Weisberg Law, call (610) 550-8042 today.