Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability.
The Fair Housing Act covers most housing. In some circumstances, the Act exempts owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker, and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.
In the Sale and Rental of Housing: No one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap:
In Mortgage Lending: No one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap (disability):
In Addition: It is illegal for anyone to:
If you or someone associated with you:
Your landlord may not:
However, housing need not be made available to a person who is a direct threat to the health or safety of others or who currently uses illegal drugs.
The Fair Housing Act and HUD's regulations contain more detail and technical information. If you need a copy of the law or regulations, contact the External LinkHUD Office nearest you.
An Informed Community is an Empowered Community
A rapidly growing challenge in the City of Nashville is that of language barrier. Nashville's burgeoning immigrant population has an urgent need for professional, expeditious dissemination of information in several languages. Without translation and easy access combined, these populations will be unable to take advantage of laws designed to work for their advantage; in fact they will most likely be taken advantage of by unscrupulous practices.
The influx of Nashville's immigrant/ Refugee populations has been estimated to be 1,500 persons per year. These populations are represented by Hispanics, Asians, (Chinese, Cambodians, and Laotians), Arabs, Somalians and the Kurdish. Not only do these populations routinely experience housing discrimination, but routinely experience race discrimination.
With the changing face of Nashville comes the need for a better understanding of cultures that are different than yours. In the wake on 9/11, we learned how difficult it is to accept another culture other than your own. But with understanding comes a better chance of accepting people that appear to be different than you.
Keep in mind that refugees and immigrants are fearful when entering this country. They may seem to act distant around you simply because they too are encountering a culture that is different than theirs. The best way to overcome the unknown is simply with a smile, a nonverbal communications that speaks mounds.
It is a wonderful feeling to have friends of all creeds and nationalities. Think of all the different foods you will eat and all the different languages you will begin to learn, and all of the American ways of life you can make your new friends familiar with. Think of the ways you would want to be treated and treat others the same.
Sure, some cultures prohibit the shaking of hands, or addressing a man's wife, things that we just aren't accustomed to. What do you do in such a situation?
A simple apology to express that you are unfamiliar with the culture will usually suffice.