Fair housing

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.

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Know your rights

Actions not allowed in selling or renting housing

  • Refusing to rent, sell or show available housing to you
  • Being told the housing is not available to you, or isn’t right for you or your family
  • Having terms of availability change between a phone contact and in-person visit
  • Requiring different terms and conditions for identical dwellings
  • Housing advertisements that say “no kids” or “adults only”
  • Being steered to racially segregated neighborhoods during your home search

Additional protection if you have a disability

Your landlord cannot refuse to allow useful changes to the housing unit or common areas (at your expense), to offer accessible and livable space, or refuse to make reasonable changes to rules or services to allow you full use of the property amenities.

Fair housing planning

Barriers to fair housing and action steps to overcome those barriers are identified on an ongoing basis. The latest report is linked below.

2014 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice: Twin Cities Region (PDF)

Invitation to comment on Draft Addendum to the 2014 Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing

The Fair Housing Implementation Council (FHIC) is an ad hoc group of organizations and local government agencies that coordinates efforts to affirmatively further fair housing throughout the Twin Cities metro area. The FHIC is contracting with Mosaic Community Planning, LLC to conduct an Addendum to FHIC’s 2014 Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI Addendum).

This notice is to announce a minimum 30-day public comment and review period of the draft AI Addendum. This fair housing planning is required of communities that receive certain funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The draft AI Addendum, information regarding public meetings, and directions to submit written comments are at www.ramseycounty.us/FHIC The addendum is expected to be be posted on the Ramsey County website on our about March 1, 2017, at which point the public comment period will begin.

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