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Fair Housing Frequently Asked Questions

What acts are prohibited under the Federal Fair Housing Act?

The following acts are prohibited when based on race, color, religion, sex, familial status or national origin:

  • To discriminate against any person in the terms, conditions, or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling
  • In the provision of services or facilities in connection with the sale or rental of a dwelling
What are three examples of discrimination under the Federal Fair Housing Act and the Colorado Fair Housing Act?

The following are considered discriminatory practices:

  • Refusal to permit at expense of handicapped person reasonable modifications if such modifications may be necessary to afford such person full enjoyment of the premises
  • Refusal to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices, or services, when such accommodations may be necessary to afford such person equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling
  • Failure to comply with design requirements (after March 13, 1991)

What two classes are protected under the Colorado Fair Housing Act that are not addressed in the Federal Fair Housing Act?

Sexual orientation and marital status.

What is an assistance animal?

An assistance animal is a dog that has been or is being trained as a guide dog, hearing dog or service dog.  An assistance animal may also include an emotional support animal.

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