Fair Housing Resources - Texas

Disclaimer: We do business in accordance with the Fair Housing Act. The information contained in this Fair Housing Resource is accurate to the best of our knowledge. On Q Property Management is not responsible for any error or omission in the wording or content of this information.

Fair Housing Requirements

It is illegal for anyone to:

  • Advertise or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on race, religion, color, sex, national origin, disability or familial status. This prohibition against discriminatory advertising applies to all housing, including single-family and owner-occupied housing that is otherwise exempt from the Texas Fair Housing Act
  • Harass, coerce, intimidate, threaten or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise their fair housing rights

Under the U.S. Fair Housing Act and Texas Fair Housing Act, no one may take any of the following actions in the sale and rental of housing or in mortgage lending based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or familial status.

In the Sale & Rental of Housing

  • Refuse to rent or sell housing
  • Refuse to negotiate for housing
  • Advertise housing to preferred groups of people only
  • Show apartments or homes in certain neighborhoods only
  • Say that housing is unavailable for inspection, sale or rental when in fact it is available
  • Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling
  • Provide different housing services or facilities
  • Deny access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing
  • Refuse to make certain modifications or accommodations for persons with a mental or physical disability

In Mortgage Lending

  • Refuse to make a mortgage loan
  • Refuse to provide information regarding loans
  • Impose different terms or conditions on a loan, such as different interest rates, points, or fees
  • Deny property insurance
  • Conduct property appraisals in a discriminatory manner
  • Refuse to purchase a loan
  • Set different terms of conditions for purchasing a loan

Housing Opportunities for Families

Unless a building or community qualifies as housing for older persons, the owner or manager may not discriminate based on familial status.

Protection against discrimination based on familial status applies to:

  • Families in which one or more children under age 18 live with
  • Anyone securing legal custody of a child under age 18
  • Pregnant women

Housing for older persons is exempt from the prohibition against familial status discrimination if any of the following are true:

  • It is specifically designed for and occupied by elderly persons under a Federal, State or local government program
  • It is occupied solely by persons who are age 62 or older
  • It houses at least one person who is age 55 or older in at least 80 percent of the occupied units, and adheres to a policy that demonstrates intent to house persons who are age 55 or older

If You Have A Disability

If you have a physical or mental disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities, have a record of such a disability or are regarded as having such a disability, you are legally protected against housing discrimination based on that disability. Protection against housing discrimination due to a disability also applies for a person associated with you.

A landlord may not:

  • Make an inquiry to determine if an applicant for a dwelling, or a person intending to reside in the dwelling, or any person associated with that person has a disability.
  • Refuse to let you make reasonable modifications to your dwelling or common use areas, at your expense, if necessary for the disabled person to use the housing. (Where reasonable, the landlord may permit changes only if you agree to restore the property to its original condition when you move.)
  • Refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services if necessary so that the disabled person may have equal opportunity to use and enjoy the housing, including public and common-use areas. For example:

If you are disabled, you may request our assistance in reading and completing our forms. Deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech-impaired customers may contact Relay Texas: 800-735-2989 (TTY) and 711 (Voice).

Accessibility Requirements for Buildings

All properties built after March 13, 1991 must comply with design and construction requirements of the Federal and Texas Fair Housing Acts.

In buildings ready for first occupancy after March 13, 1991 with four or more units and an elevator:

  • Public and common areas must be accessible to persons with disabilities
  • Doors and hallways must be wide enough for wheelchairs
  • All units must have:

In buildings ready for first occupancy after March 13, 1991 with four or more units and no elevator, these standards apply to ground floor units.

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