Immigration Information

       
 
    
 

State and federal fair housing laws prohibit discrimination based on national origin, religion, and ancestry. For a complete list of all the people protected from discrimination, click here.*

Call the Fair Housing Program at 512-474-7007 if you think you have been the victim of housing discrimination because you are an immigrant or a refugee, because of where you are from, or because of your religious faith.

The fair housing laws protect you regardless of your immigration status.

It is illegal for a landlord to treat you differently because of your immigration status, national origin, or religion. That means people involved in renting homes cannot:

It is illegal for a landlord to ask you to identify your religion.

It is illegal for a landlord to ask you questions about your immigration status because of how you look, talk or dress.

Some landlords, owners, real estate agents, etc., might ask if you are in the country legally, ask to see your green card or visa, or ask for your social security number. If you think that you are being asked about your immigration status because of where you are from, call the Fair Housing Program.

State and federal fair housing laws continue to protect you once you are living in your home or apartment. A landlord, owner, real estate agent or anyone else cannot:

Harassment or threats include: YOU ARE ALSO PROTECTED IF YOU ARE BUYING A HOME OR ATTEMPTING TO GET A MORTGAGE. Call the Fair Housing Program if you believe you are being prevented from buying a home or getting a loan because of your immigration status, refugee status, or your religion.

*There are some exemptions from the fair housing laws. Please call the Fair Housing Program even if you think your landlord may be exempt from the law.

Credit for this page goes to Connecticut Fair housing.

 

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