Fair Housing

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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, Illinois REALTORS® worked with The Storytellers Studios to produce a video telling the story of REALTOR® involvement, past and present, in the fair housing movement. In the video, Illinois REALTOR® members share their personal experiences in the fight for equal opportunity in housing and reflect on what more needs to be done.

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Fair Housing Act

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Fair Housing news and updates

New Springfield monument symbolizes REALTOR® commitment to end housing discrimination

Illinois REALTORS® reaffirmed its pledge to eliminate housing discrimination and apologized for roles its members played in the past in promoting inequality during [...]

Illinois REALTORS® Celebrates 50 Years of Fair Housing

In April, Illinois REALTORS® dedicated a Fair Housing monument outside of its Springfield headquarters at the future site of Bicentennial Plaza—symbolizing REALTOR® commitment to end [...]

  • Illinois REALTORS® Current Fair Housing Legal Issues

Commemorating Fair Housing and Understanding Current Legal Issues

April 2018 marks a milestone in the real estate industry as REALTORS® observe the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, which was signed [...]

  • Illinois RTEALTOR® Public Policy Meetings Fair Housing Forum participants (l to r): Moderator Genie Birch, Nykea Pippion-McGriff, Tommy Choi, Jessica Barrera, Vicky Silvano and Courtney Q. Jones.

Fight for Fair Housing Continues

Forum participants (l to r): Moderator Genie Birch, Nykea Pippion-McGriff, Tommy Choi, Jessica Barrera, Vicky Silvano and Courtney Q. Jones. At the [...]

  • Matt Difanis - broker-owner of RE/MAX Realty Associates in Champaign and 2018 President of Illinois REALTORS® - PHOTO BY JOANNA STRAUSS

Industry Diversity Strengthens Fair Housing Commitment

Matt Difanis - broker-owner of RE/MAX Realty Associates in Champaign and 2018 President of  Illinois REALTORS® - PHOTO BY JOANNA STRAUSS For Illinois REALTORS® President Matt [...]

  • Ezekiel (Zeke) Morris - broker-owner of EMA Realty and Management in Chicago - PHOTO BY STORYTELLER STUDIOS

Tough Conversations Move us Forward

Ezekiel (Zeke) Morris - broker-owner of EMA Realty and Management in Chicago - PHOTO BY StoryTeller Studios For Chicago REALTOR® Zeke Morris, chairing the [...]

  • Vicky Silvano - broker with Century 21 SGR in Chicago - PHOTO BY ANN LONDRIGAN

Removing Barriers to Homeownership

Vicky Silvano - broker with Century 21 SGR in Chicago - PHOTO BY ANN LONDRIGAN REALTOR® Vicky Silvano says addressing fair housing issues means [...]

  • Loretta Alonzo-Deubel - broker with Century 21 Affiliated in Westchester - PHOTO BY StoryTeller Studios

Stories from the Past Build Better Industry for the Future

Loretta Alonzo-Deubel - broker with Century 21 Affiliated in Westchester - PHOTO BY StoryTeller Studios A past Illinois REALTORS® state president and a trailblazer in [...]

  • Courtney Q. Jones - of Chicago Homes Realty Group in Chicago, 2017-2018 president of Dearborn REALTIST® Board - PHOTO BY StoryTeller Studios

Education a Key to Avoiding Mistakes of the Past

Courtney Q. Jones - of Chicago Homes Realty Group in Chicago, 2017-2018 president of Dearborn REALTIST® Board - PHOTO BY StoryTeller Studios Despite fair housing initiatives, [...]

  • Fred Underwood - director of Diversity and Inclusion at the National Association of REALTORS® - PHOTO BY MATT DIFANIS

An Industry Journey from Opposition to Support on Fair Housing

Fred Underwood - director of Diversity and Inclusion at the National Association of REALTORS® - PHOTO BY MATT DIFANIS The journey from opposing fair [...]

  • Frank Williams broker-owner of F.J. Williams Realty in Chicago – PHOTO BY MATT DIFANIS

On the Front Lines of Fair Housing

Frank Williams broker-owner of F.J. Williams Realty in Chicago - PHOTO BY MATT DIFANIS The fight over fair housing came right to Frank Williams’ [...]

Historic April edition of Illinois REALTOR® commemorates Fair Housing Act and offers something extra

The April edition of Illinois REALTOR® should have arrived at your office by now, shrink-wrapped and including the RPAC Awards & Recognition booklet featuring the [...]

NAR offers 8 tips for screening tenants

The guidelines mentioned in the REALTOR® Mag article, "Do's and Don'ts of Screening Tenants Legally" can help landlords and property managers consider prospective tenants without [...]

Fair Housing Resources

  1. Fair Housing and Property Rights: a History
  2. REALTOR® Code of Ethics
  3. Protected Classes
  4. Fair Housing Videos
  5. Fair Housing Links
  6. Section 8 Guidelines

1. Fair Housing and Property Rights: a History

Illinois REALTORS® is in full support and advocacy of the practice of equal opportunity in fair housing. It is our pledge to uphold the spirit as well as the letter of the law, through programs, activities and training designed to promote and further the right of equal opportunity in housing for all.

We believe equal opportunity exists only where there is complete freedom of choice in housing and we oppose any attempt to interfere with this freedom of choice.

We affirm our endorsement of and commitment to the Fair Housing Partnership Resolution of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Association of REALTORS®, believing it to be a constructive, voluntary means of promoting equal opportunity through freedom of choice.

We pledge our continued support of and cooperation with the Illinois Department of Human Rights in our mutual efforts to assure equal opportunity in housing for all.

April Is Fair Housing Month — April 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act. Each year, REALTORS® recognize the significance of this event and reconfirm our commitment to upholding fair housing law as well as our commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.

2.REALTOR® Code of Ethics

Article 10 of the REALTORS® Code of Ethics provides that “REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. REALTORS® shall not be parties to any plan or agreement to discriminate against a person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. REALTORS®, in their real estate employment practices, shall not discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.”

3. Protected Classes

There are seven protected classes under the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, familial status.

Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in places of public accommodations and commercial facilities.

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act makes discrimination unlawful with respect to any aspect of a credit application on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age or because all or part of the applicant’s income derives from any public assistance program.

State laws and local ordinances also protect certain classes. In Illinois, sexual orientation was added to the state list of protected classes in January 2005. “Order of Protection Status” was added to Illinois law as a protected class effective Jan. 1, 2010. See Illinois Human Rights Statute.

4. Fair Housing Videos