The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of religion. In addition to the refusal to rent, sale or otherwise negotiate housing based on a person’s religious beliefs or background, other common violations include:
- Unlawfully advertising and discouraging people of different religious beliefs from applying for housing.
- Displaying religious symbols as a property manager. For example, if a landlord has the Cross or Star of David as part of their signage, this implies that the housing is for members of a particular religion.
- Denying tenants equal opportunity to display religious symbols. For example, if tenants are permitted to decorate their doors and windows in general, religious individuals should also be able to put religious decorations as well.
- Harassing or failing to act when neighbors harass due to a person’s religion.
If you are a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia and feel you have been discriminated against due to your religious preference or lack of religion, contact Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia at 804-354-0641 or report the suspected discrimination.