Fair housing refers to legal protection available to you under the Fair Housing Act and the Minnesota Human Rights Act. If you, the buyer or renter, feel you have been discriminated against by a seller or landlord, you have certain legal rights. It is illegal to refuse to sell or rent to you because you’re a member of a protected class (i.e. race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, public assistance status and sexual orientation).
Most housing is covered under this legal protection, except for 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 or private clubs for member use only.
Hennepin County takes proactive steps to combat housing discrimination and foster inclusive communities.