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.


The Second Circuit addressed alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act based on racially discriminatory advertising. The court affirmed that: (1) the plaintiffs had standing; (2) the defendants were liable; (3) the district court correctly granted limited compensatory, and no punitive, damages; and (4) the injunction was proper in scope.

Defendant Harry Macklowe Real Estate was the...

In Honce v. Vigil, the Tenth Circuit addressed alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act based on sexual discrimination and harassment. The court held that the defendant landlord's conduct did not constitute sexual discrimination, as he treated tenants of both sexes equally poorly. Also, the court found no evidence of "quid pro quo" or "hostile housing environment"...

In Harmer v. Virginia Electric and Power Co., the district court held that the plaintiff was a qualified individual with a disability, but that the employer's actions constituted a reasonable accommodation. The court also held that the employer did not retaliate against the plaintiff for exercising his rights under the ADA.

In 1981, Harmer began working for VEPCO. In December 1986...

In Darby v. Heather Ridge, the court reviewed the damages received for racial discrimination. The court reduced a $200,000 compensatory damages award to $50,000, and a $250,000 punitive damages award to $50,000.

In May 1991, Darby and his wife (plaintiffs), both African American, were in the process of selling their home. They visited Heather Ridge Apartments to inquire about leasing a...

In Cook v. State of Rhode Island Department of Mental Health, Retardation, and Hospitals, the First Circuit addressed alleged violations of the Rehabilitation Act (Act). The court found that the plaintiff, who suffered from "morbid obesity," was discriminated against by a prospective employer on the basis of a "perceived disability." The court affirmed a jury verdict and...


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.