The City of Boston is planning to launch a major initiative that will target housing discrimination in rentals as well as investigate complains within the home sales market and mortgage lending community.
Set to begin on October 1, the measure will have fair housing testers in the city work to identify bias and discrimination stemming from real estate agents, landlords, property managers and property owners. The primary focus of the workers will be to identify violations based on race and voucher holder status. The program will also identify bias towards any of the federal protected classes, which include:
• Religion or creed
• National origin or ancestry
• Physical or mental disability
• Veteran status
• Genetic information
The initiative comes as the result of a year-long study conducted by The Boston Foundation and Suffolk University Law School, which showed empirical evidence of discrimination toward people of color and those with housing vouchers within the rental market.
Strict enforcement measures will be taken toward anyone committing these discriminatory practices. The intent is to share results of the investigation, including the names of the violators with The Boston Globe, state Attorney General's Office, US Department of Housing & Urban Development, and the Boston Human Rights Commission.
The Bushari Team fully cooperates within and respects the guidelines of the Fair Housing Act, Equal Housing Opportunity, the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.
As someone seeking to rent an apartment, home or condo, you have the right to expect that housing will be available to you without discrimination or other limitations based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.
This includes the right to expect: equal professional service, the opportunity to consider a broad range of housing choices, no discriminatory limitations on communities or locations of housing, no discrimination in the pricing or financing of housing, full and equal use and enjoyment of the rental property, reasonable accommodations in rules, practices and procedures for persons with disabilities, the ability to make reasonable modifications to the unit and/or common areas if needed because of disability, and to be free from harassment or intimidation for exercising your fair housing rights.
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