Fair Housing, Diversity & Inclusion

Fair Housing Act

NAR opposes discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status sexual orientation, gender identity, and national origin. This policy is embodied in NAR's Code of Ethics. NAR also authorizes sanctions in response to a finding that a member has violated any fair housing law, including local and state laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. NAR policy is to support equal opportunity on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and the NAR Code of Ethics was amended in 2010 and 2013, to include this updated policy in the Code of Ethics.

On November 13, 2020, NAR's Board of Directors strengthened REALTORS®’ commitment to upholding fair housing ideals, approving a series of recommendations from NAR’s Professional Standards Committee that extend the application of Article 10 of the Code of Ethics to discriminatory speech and conduct outside of members’ real estate practices.


Summary of Fair Housing Laws

Senior Housing The special rules that allow for senior housing or retirement communities, which otherwise would violate fair housing rules regarding families with children.

Landlord-Tenant Law: Pets and Assistance (Service and Emotional Support) Landlord-Tenant Law: Pets and Assistance (Service and Emotional Support) Animals Fair housing laws relating to service and support animals. See Questions 10-20.

Advertising How to avoid violating the Fair Housing Act with the content of your advertising (words not to use, etc.). See Question 20.

Disclosure of Death and AIDS Disclosure of Death and AIDS The Fair Housing Act’s protection of people afflicted with HIV or AIDS.

Homeowners Associations: A Guide for REALTORS® How the Fair Housing Act applies to HOAs in particular circumstances. See Questions 52-53.

Landlord-Tenant Guide for REALTORS® Brief information that landlords and/or property managers should know about the Fair Housing Act as it relates to tenant screening and general property management practices. See Question 7. Property Management Frequently Asked Questions In-depth discussion of fair housing laws and practices for property managers. See Section 6b (Questions 30-45) for the most common fair housing issues addressed by property managers.

Property Management Frequently Asked Questions In-depth discussion of fair housing laws and practices for property managers. See Section 6b (Questions 30-45) for the most common fair housing issues addressed by property managers.



•Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing (video)

•Fairhaven: A Fair Housing Simulation

•Fair Housing Resources for REALTORS®

•NAR’S Role -- Past, Present and Future in Fair Housing (video)

•NAR’s Fair Housing Action Plan (ACT Initiative)

•Steer Clear of “Steering”

•Fair Housing, Diversity and Inclusion Grants

•At Home with Diversity

•A Snapshot of Race and Home Buying in America

•Fair Housing Products

•REALTOR Magazine - Repairers of the Breach


Join Fair Housing, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Research, develop, plan, and present an annual agenda of events and activities to promote Fair Housing, Diversity and Inclusion to Rancho Southeast REALTORS® members and the communities Rancho Southeast REALTORS® serves.

For meetings visit our Calendar.


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