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Housing Discrimination is more than a refusal to rent, sell or finance housing.
With few exceptions, Federal and State law prohibits the following acts when based on race, color, religion sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy) national origin (including immigration status) familial status (the presence of children under the age of 18) disability, age, marital status:
Title VIII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1968 is commonly referred to as the Federal Fair Housing Act. This federal law, as amended in 1974 and 1988, protects each individual’s right to equal housing opportunity without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and/or familial status (the presence of children). Visit our History of Fair Housing Law page for further details.
In Michigan, housing discrimination is prohibited by the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Actand the Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act. State law includes all federal protections as well as age, marital status, height and weight.
Local ordinances provide added protection against discrimination based on (Ann Arbor) arrest record, educational association, family responsibilities, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, HIV status, national origin, political beliefs, sexual orientation, source of income, veteran status, victim of domestic violence or stalking, or weight. (City of Ann Arbor Code, Chapter 112, Section 9:150; Ord. No.14-25, Sec. 1, 10-20-14); (Ypsilanti) gender identity, immigration status, sexual orientation, educational association, or source of income; (Lansing) student status, veteran status, political affiliation or belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or source of income; (East Lansing) sexual orientation, student status, use of adaptive devices or aids or legal source of income; and (Jackson) gender identity, sexual orientation, and source of income.