Fair Housing Resources
Families across the state and the nation often struggle to find housing that is affordable for them, often resulting in long commutes to work. REALTOR® associations are committed to expanding opportunities for safe, accessible, and affordable housing.
Everyone is protected from discrimination in housing. This includes the sale, rental, and financing; lending; appraisals; insurance and accessibility.
Under Federal Fair Housing laws, fair housing means you are free to choose a place to live without regard to your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or familial status. Under Delaware Fair Housing laws, you are also protected without regard to your marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, age, and source of income.
Delaware’s Division of Human Relations is the state agency responsible for enforcing State Fair Housing Law, Federal Fair Housing Law and Equal Accommodations Law. More information about the agency is here.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers a comprehensive guide to fair housing explicitly for consumers. Access/Download that guide here.
Fair Housing FAQs
- Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines Q&A
- Housing for Older Persons Act (HOPA) Q&A
- Limited English Proficiency FAQ
- Section 504 FAQ
- Sexual Harassment Q&A
Local real estate associations have a responsibility to enforce the Code of Ethics through professional standards procedures and corrective action in cases where a violation of the Code of Ethics is proven to have occurred. A home seeker with complaints alleging violations of the REALTOR® Code of Ethics by a Delaware REALTOR® should contact the local REALTOR® association in the county. Additional information is available from the National Association of REALTORS® NAR website.
General complaints alleging discrimination in housing may be filed with the nearest office of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or by contacting them at online http://www.hud.gov. Additional information is available from the National Association of REALTORS® NAR website.