Fair housing is more than a list of dos and don’ts, rights and penalties, and mandatory continuing education. As stewards of the right to own, use and transfer private property, fair housing protects our livelihood and business as REALTORS® and depends on a free, open market that embraces equal opportunity.

NAR provides a number of resources to keep associations up to date on the latest fair housing information for REALTORS®.  For the latest information on fair housing, visit our Fair Housing page. State and local associations can apply for NAR's Fair Housing Grants to help their members learn more about fair housing.


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A Maryland state court jury found that the defendant's advertising practices constituted racial discrimination under the Fair Housing Act, and awarded over $2 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

Fenwick-Schafer (Fenwick), an...

In Fehr v. McLean Packaging Corp., the district court found that an impairment may affect a major life activity (a) directly, or (b) indirectly through medication taken for such impairment. The court denied summary judgment, as the plaintiff presented evidence that his medication substantially limited his ability to breathe in hot, confined areas.

Fehr was employed by McLean Packaging...

In Doe v. Kohn, Nast & Graf, P.C., the district court addressed alleged violations under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The court denied summary judgment to the defendants, as the plaintiff, an HIV-infected attorney, presented genuine issues of material fact on his discrimination and retaliation claims.

In 1991, Doe was hired by the Philadelphia law firm of...

In Carparts Distribution Center v. Automotive Wholesaler's Association of New England, the First Circuit vacated the district court's dismissal and remanded the case after noting several theories under which a trade association and its health benefit trust could be "employers" under Title I.

Senter was the sole shareholder, president, and employee of Carparts, an...

In Hartman v. City of Petaluma, the district court granted the City summary judgment after finding that the City's refusal to hire a police officer due to lack of candor regarding past drug use did not violate the ADA.

Hartman applied to become a full-time member of the Petaluma Police Department. During the application process, Hartman admitted he had previously used cocaine...


Get Involved

Here are some things you and your REALTOR® association can do to recognize Fair Housing Month:

  • Sponsor a local Fair Housing Month poster contest. Afterward, make association calendars out of the artwork.
  • Publish the REALTOR® Fair Housing Declaration and post it in your office and/or association.
  • Display HUD's Fair Housing Poster in your office and/or association.

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