Fair housing refers to free and equal access to residential housing - i.e. housing choice. According to the federal Fair Housing Act, it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, disability, or familial status in the sale, rental, and/or financing of dwellings.
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FAIR HOUSING – IT’S YOUR RIGHT!
Fair housing refers to free and equal access to residential housing – i.e. housing choice. According to the federal Fair Housing Act, it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, nation origin, disability, or familial status in the sale, rental, and/or financing of dwellings. Additionally, New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination prohibits discrimination of the basis of martial/ domestic partnership/ civil union status, gender expression/ identity, military service, sexual orientation, familial status and source or lawful income/ rent payment.
Prospect Park complies with the federal Fair Housing Act and the Law Against Discrimination. The Borough is committed to promoting fair housing choice for all person.
Fair Housing FAQ
What kind of housing is covered by the Fair Housing Act?
Most housing is covered by the Fair Housing Act. In some circumstances, the Act exempts owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker, and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.
What are some examples of housing discrimination?
Fair Housing Links
New Jersey Law Against Discrimination: https://www.nj.gov/oag/dcr/law.html
Federal Fair Housing Act Link: https://www.justice.gov/crt/fair-housing-act-2
Who can I contact if I believe I’ve been discriminated against?
Complaints related to discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or familial status may also be filed directly with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
What information do I need to provide to file a fair housing complaint?
If you suspect that you have been discriminated against with regard to housing, file a complaint as soon as possible because there are time limits on when a complaint can be filed with HUD after an alleged violation.
Try to include the following information, if possible, when filing a complaint:
How can I file a fair housing complaint?
Fair housing complaints can be filed with HUD by telephone, online, email and by mail.
1-800-927-9275 for TTY users only
Mail and Email
To submit via mail or email, you will need to download a form and submit it to HUD. The form is found here: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/online-complaint#Howto_File
Complaints can also be filed through the regional office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO):
New York Regional Office of FHEO
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
26 Federal Plaza, Room 3532
New York, New York 10278-0068
TTY (212) 264-0927
For information about predatory lending:
Fair Housing Guide for Landlords
Fair Housing Guide for Persons with Disabilities
Fair Housing Guide
Who else can I contact for answers to other questions about fair housing?
Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey
The Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey can assist in answering any fair housing questions as well as provide help in filing a complaint.
131 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601