Crib Notes

Fair Housing

May 8, 2024

Heidi Laros

Fair Housing

The federal fair housing act prohibits discrimination in the renting and buying of homes (among other things) based on:





National Origin


Sex (including identity and orientation)

Familial Status



Technically these rules don’t apply to single family homes that are sold or rented out by the owner when not using the services of an agent. That said, fair housing is good practice and everyone should abide by the principles. This link takes you to the government website with details on what types of activities are protected under this act.


It is wise to avoid any activity that could be construed as a violation. This is one of the reasons we don’t show sellers the name of who is requesting the appointment, nor their photo, until after the showing appointment is accepted, so there is no temptation to include bias.