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Overview

The Fair Housing Act prohibits certain types of discrimination in selling, renting or financing a home. Hillsborough County works to protect you from that discrimination.

Things to Consider

  • The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate in any aspect of housing because of an individual’s:
    • race
    • color
    • national origin
    • ancestry
    • religion
    • sex
    • disability
    • familial status (children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18)
  • If you have a disability, your landlord must allow you to make appropriate modifications to your home, and their policies should include reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities
  • Unless a community qualifies as senior housing, a landlord can’t refuse to rent to you if you have kids
  • You can file a complaint at the federal, state and local levels
  • You must file the complaint within one year of the incident
  • Types of discrimination:
    • Refusing to rent or sell to a classification noted above
    • Lying about the availability of housing
    • Evicting someone from housing
    • Discriminating in the terms and conditions of housing, such as amount of rent, security deposits, sale prices, financing, the use of facilities, or maintenance
    • Blockbusting
    • Refusing to make a mortgage loan
    • Refusing to provide information regarding loan
    • Imposing different terms or conditions on a loan
    • Discriminating in appraising a property
  • If the discrimination happened within the limits of the City of Tampa, please call their Office of Human Rights and Community Services at (813) 274-5835 for assistance

How To

  1. Determine the nature of the discrimination
  2. Gather documentation such as dates and times of conversations, and names and addresses of individuals involved
  3. Call the Equal Opportunity Administrator (EOA) office to speak to a representative who can assist you with any questions
  4. Download, print out, and complete the Intake Questionnaire and Rights and Responsibility form
  5. Mail or fax the signed and completed questionnaire and form to the EOA Office
    • Mail
      Hillsborough County Equal Opportunity Administrator Office
      700 E. Twiggs Street, Suite 830
      Tampa, FL 33602
    • Fax
      (813) 276-2217

What's Next

  1. Our EOA office will contact you after we receive the complaint and determine if the allegations are covered by the Hillsborough County Human Rights Ordinance
  2. If we determine the allegations are covered, we will send you a packet of information
  3. We will start the investigation and work with both parties to resolve the dispute

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Phone
(813) 272-6554

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