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FAIR HOUSING NOTICE
Federal, State, and Local Fair Housing Laws, including the Kansas Act Against Discrimination*, protect individuals from housing discrimination. It is unlawful to discriminate based on certain protected characteristics, which include, but are not limited to: race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, sex, age, disability, marital status, lawful source of income or familial status.
WHAT IS FAIR HOUSING? Equal opportunity for families or individuals to reside in, to buy, or to rent housing of their choice, in the neighborhood of their choice, and for which they financially qualify. Every individual within the state has the right to fair housing without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, or familial status.
FAMILIAL STATUS refers to households with one or more children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, those securing custody of anyone under the age of 18, and pregnant women.
DISABILITY is defined as a condition in a person who: 1) Has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits a major life activity; 2) Has a record of such impairment; and 3) Is regarded as having such impairment
Denying a disabled person's request for reasonable modification of their existing housing (at the disabled person's expense), when such modifications are necessary to provide full enjoyment of housing for the disabled person, is unlawful discrimination. It is also unlawful to refuse to make reasonable accommodations to disabled individuals in rules, policies, practices, or services in the area of housing. Conformity to accessibility guidelines is required in all construction or renovation of real property occurring after January 1, 1992.
UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION IS PROHIBITED in the sale and rental of real property, advertising in housing, leases, sub-leases, loans, and appraisals.
TYPES OF DISCRIMINATION:
Refusal to show, rent, lease, transfer, or sell housing
Unequal terms, conditions, or privileges imposed in housing
Unequal services or facilities in housing discriminatory advertising for housing
Discrimination in housing based on association with a member of a protected class
Harassment, intimidation, or interference with anyone exercising fair housing rights
Denying the availability of housing
Occupancy standards that are more restrictive than that of local city housing ordinances
Blockbusting - Promoting the listing or sale of real property in a discriminatory manner, such as inducing residents to sell because different racial or ethnic groups are moving into the area
Redlining - Refusal to make loans or provide home insurance in an equitable manner in geographical areas with low property value
Steering - To "steer" a prospective renter or buyer away from desired property on the basis of his or her race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability or familial status
* The Kansas Act Against Discrimination is substantially equivalent to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1988, as amended.
WHO MAY FILE A COMPLAINT?
Any person who claims to have been injured; or any person who believes that he or she will be injured by a discriminatory housing practice that is about to occur may file a complaint with the KHRC. Both the Seller/landlord and the purchasing/renting family are aggrieved and can file a complaint when a third party, such as an Owner's association, acts unlawfully to prevent the sale or rental of a unit to a family with children.
A complaint may be filed personally or by an attorney. An individual may write, telephone, e-mail, or come to any KHRC office to begin the filing process. Intake staff can assist in drafting a complaint based, on information provided by the complainant. The complaint must be signed and notarized before it can be officially filed with the Commission. There is no filing fee.
Complaints on any basis in the area of housing must be filed within one year from the last alleged discriminatory act.
WHAT HOUSING IS EXEMPT?
Owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units; Some single-family housing if it is sold or rented without the use of discriminatory advertising or a real estate broker, agent, or salesman; Housing operated by a private club, not, in fact, open to the public, which provides lodgings which it owns for other than a commercial purpose, from limiting the rental or occupancy of such lodgings to its members or from giving preference to its members. Housing for older persons that meets the criteria established in the Act is exempt from the prohibitions of discrimination on the basis of familial status.
For additional information or to file a complaint, contact:
Kansas Human Rights Commission
900 SW Jackson, Suite 568-South Landon Office Building, Topeka, KS 66612-2818
Phone: 785-296-3206 Fax: 785-296-0589 TTY: 785-296-0245 E-mail: Click Here Website:
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