Fair Housing

Do You Need to File a Fair Housing Discrimination Complaint?


Do You Have a Landlord or Tenant Issue?


Background


The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and familial status (pregnancy or children under age 18).

It is also illegal to retaliate against a party who exercises their rights under the law, any person who assists them in exercising their rights, for filing a complaint of housing discrimination, or against a party that cooperates in an investigation.

Learn more about the Fair Housing Act.

Actions Prohibited Under the Fair Housing Act


Under the Fair Housing Act, the following activities are illegal:
  • Refuse to rent or sell housing
  • Refuse to negotiate for housing
  • Make housing unavailable
  • Set different terms, conditions, or privileges for sale or rental
  • Provide different housing services or facilities
  • Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale or rental
  • For profit, persuade owners to sell or rent (blockbusting)
  • Deny any access to, or membership in, a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale of housing
  • Refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules or services if necessary for a person with disabilities use the housing
  • Refuse to allow a person with disabilities to make reasonable accommodations to his/her dwelling
  • Threaten or interfere with anyone making a fair housing complaint
  • Refuse to provide municipal services, property insurance, or hazard insurance for dwellings, or providing such services or insurance
This is not an exhaustive list. For additional actions prohibited, refer to the Fair Housing Equal Opportunity for All Booklet (PDF) or HUD website.

Arizona Fair Housing Partnership


Maricopa County is an active member of the Arizona Fair Housing Partnership, a statewide coalition of government agencies, housing industry representatives, nonprofit organizations, social service agencies, and housing advocates committed to the values of fair housing and inclusive communities. Since 1998, the partnership's dedicated membership has worked to promote these values in the community through our education and advocacy.

Learn more by visiting the partnership website.

Urban County Information


In addition to its participation on the Arizona Fair Housing Partnership, Maricopa County takes an active role in the education and training of housing providers to ensure awareness of fair housing laws in Maricopa Urban County and provides outreach to the general public to raise fair housing awareness. Every five years, Maricopa County researches and publishes an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice for submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The analysis identifies the barriers to fair housing throughout the Maricopa HOME Consortium and Urban County as well as actions that will be undertaken to reduce or eliminate identified barriers to fair housing.

If you believe your rights have been violated, contact the Urban County Fair Housing Coordinator at 602-506-5911 (TDD 602-506-4802) or writing to:
Maricopa County Human Services Department
Housing and Community Development
234 North Central, Third Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85004