Using the fair housing logo is a great way to show a commitment to fair housing. Many housing providers use the Equal Housing Opportunity logo in their ads and on their written materials to show that they do business in compliance with fair housing laws.
HUD requires that owners and managers display a fair housing poster with its logo at rental offices. This applies to rentals covered by the federal Fair Housing Act, and to dwellings rented through a real estate broker/agent. See 24 C.F.R. §§ 110.1 – 110.30.
Who Is Required to Display a Fair Housing Poster?
HUD’s regulations require the following:
- If a single-family dwelling (one that is not being offered for sale or rental in conjunction with the sale or rental of other dwellings) is offered for sale or rental through a real estate broker, agent, salesman, or person in the business of selling or renting dwellings, such person must post and maintain a fair housing poster at any place of business where the dwelling is offered for sale or rental. 24 C.F.R. § 110.10(a)(1).
- With respect to all other dwellings covered by the Fair Housing Act, a fair housing poster must be posted and maintained at:
o Any place of business where the dwelling is offered for sale or rental, and
o The dwelling (except that with respect to a single-family dwelling that is being offered for sale or rental in conjunction with the sale or rental of other dwellings, the fair housing poster may be posted and maintained at the model dwellings instead of at each of the individual dwellings). 24 C.F.R. § 110.10(a)(2).
- With respect to new construction, the fair housing poster must be posted at the beginning of construction and maintained throughout the period of construction and sale or rental. 24 C.F.R. § 110.10(a)(3).
- HUD does not require the posting and maintaining a fair housing poster on vacant land. 24 C.F.R. § 110.10(b)(1).
- All real estate brokers and agents must post and maintain a fair housing poster at all of their places of business. 24 C.F.R. § 110.10(c).
Location of Posters
All fair housing posters must be prominently displayed “so as to be readily apparent to all persons seeking housing accommodations or seeking to engage in residential real estate-related transactions or brokerage services.” C.F.R. § 110.15.
Availability of Posters
Fair housing posters can be obtained from HUD’s regional and area offices. A facsimile may be used if the poster and the lettering are equivalent in size and legibility to the poster available from HUD. 24 C.F.R. § 110.20.
Effect of Failure to Display Poster
Any person who claims to have been injured by a discriminatory housing practice may file a complaint with HUD. And consistent with that, a failure to display the fair housing poster as required by this part shall be deemed prima facie evidence of a discriminatory housing practice. 24 C.F.R. § 110.30
To learn more about Fair Housing issues (and many other topics affecting Michigan real estate professionals), please visit us at www.123ConEd.com. 123 ConEd LLC (www.123ConEd.com) is a leading online provider of continuing education courses to real estate professionals in Michigan. Our online Michigan real estate con ed courses are fully approved and properly certified by the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth. All of our courses are designed to offer our students the most information, as quickly and economically as possible.
Copyright © 123 ConEd LLC 2009. All rights reserved.