Fair Housing for Landlords and Housing Providers

Fair Housing laws cover most types of housing, including:
  • Apartments that are leased or rented
  • Houses or condominiums that are sold, leased or rented
  • Rooming houses
  • Cooperatives
  • Non-profit housing, shelters and transitional housing
  • Mobile home parks
  • Roommate situations
  • Housing Construction sites
  • Empty lots
Fair housing laws prohibit discriminatory actions against applicants/residents of housing based upon a protected class (see list under Fair Housing for Renters and Homebuyers) by engaging in certain practices, including, but not limited to:
  • Refusing to rent/sell housing or saying that available housing is unavailable (i.e., expressing or publishing a preference/limitation/discrimination based upon a protected class, steering to a different housing service or facility, etc.)
  • Setting different terms, conditions, or privileges (i.e., establishing different rules for applicants/residents based upon a protected class)
  • Failing to provide reasonable accommodations or modifications to persons with disabilities (see flyer)
  • Retaliating against an applicant/resident for raising his/her fair housing rights
  • Enforcing a rule/policy that does not appear to be discriminatory, but that adversely affects applicants/residents of a protected class
More information about Fair Housing for landlords and housing providers is available at: http://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/3626/Fair-Housing-for-Landlords-and-Housing-Providers.