Some localities have added other protected classes to this list, such as source of income, marital status, or sexual orientation. If you believe you are having problems for one of these or other reasons, we'll help you find out whether what is occurring is unlawful.
Sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression are not protected in Virginia. We are working to change that.
Do you think illegal housing discrimination may have occurred?
Illegal housing discrimination can occur in many different ways.
It is important to keep in mind that there are also legitimate reasons to refuse to rent or sell a dwelling or make a loan, such as inadequate and stable income or poor credit history; or to refuse to sell you insurance, such as the condition of your house. You don't need to know that illegal discrimination has occurred. If you think it has occurred, contact us if you live in Virginia. We'll help you check it out and we'll make sure you know your rights.
If you feel you housing discrimination may be occurring, call 804.354.0641 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fair Housing Counseling
HOME’s fair housing specialists are available to counsel both home seekers and housing providers on their rights and responsibilities under federal and state fair housing/civil rights laws. Individuals pursuing their rights are provided assistance when appropriate.
HOME provides education and outreach services to industry representatives and consumers of the industry. These activities include the facilitation of workshops and trainings, production/distribution of publications and networking with agencies and organizations across the state and nation.
HOME also investigates allegations of housing discrimination. When you contact HOME with a complaint (allegation) of discrimination, we will interview you to gather the necessary information for our investigation. HOME will assist you in determining the best course of action, however HOME does not have attorneys on staff. For legal advice, please consult an attorney.
The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the rental, sale, financing, insuring and zoning of housing due to race, color, religion, national origin, gender (sex), presence of children (familial status) and disability (handicap). Virginia state law also protects due to elderliness (55 & older).
To learn more,
Federal Fair Housing Act
The VA Residential Landlord and Tenant Act
VA Fair Housing Law
Victims of discrimination may be compensated in several ways. They may be able to get the housing they wanted or similar housing may be made available or have their mortgage loan modified. In some cases, a payment can be made to reimburse for expenses caused by having to find other housing and for damages such as pain and distress. If you win a civil court lawsuit, the law may also allow you to receive punitive damages. Those found guilty of discrimination may be assigned penalties and given direction on how to change their way of doing business.
HOME's fair housing outreach is supported by funding under grants with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Henrico County, and the City of Richmond. The substance and findings of this outreach are dedicated to the public. The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Government or local governments.