The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of sex (biological gender). This means that men and women are to be treated equally and fairly in their search for housing. Some common instances of discrimination based on gender include:
- Unlawful advertising that indicates a gender preference. For example, “Room for rent to a young woman…”
- Quid pro quo or sex-for-rent is another common problem. It is unlawful for a landlord to require sex for rent.
These egregious acts have a disparate impact on women in general, and especially those with limited financial resources who are attempting to avoid homelessness. The ability to access housing should not be based on gender nor should anyone be forced to have sex in order to obtain housing. If you suspect that you’ve been discriminated against on the basis of sex, contact Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. at 804-354-0641 or report the suspected discrimination
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