The Fair Housing Act is a federal law that prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. Washington State has additional laws that further protect against discrimination in housing, including sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, and veteran or military status.
As a real estate agent, it’s important to understand and follow these laws to ensure fair and equal treatment for all clients. This means treating all clients equally, providing access to all available properties, and avoiding any discriminatory practices or policies.
In addition to understanding and following the Fair Housing Act, real estate agents in Washington State are also required to complete Fair Housing training every two years as part of their continuing education requirements.
If you have questions or concerns about fair housing practices, or if you believe you have experienced discrimination in housing, you can contact the Washington State Human Rights Commission or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for assistance. Both organizations provide resources and information on fair housing laws and can help individuals file complaints if necessary.
Remember, as a real estate agent, it’s our duty to uphold its laws and provide equal opportunities for all clients. By doing so, we can help create a more inclusive and equitable community for everyone.
For more information on fair housing laws in Washington State, visit the Washington State Human Rights Commission website at https://www.hum.wa.gov/fair-housing.