What Is Fair Housing?

Seattle's fair housing laws are there to prevent discrimination and protect tenant's rights to access and maintain housing.  It's important that you know your obligations under fair housing laws as you prepare to rent your property.  These obligations remove barriers, so everyone has an equal opportunity to access housing by: 

  • Prohibiting individual acts of discrimination.
  • Breaking down neighborhood segregation and the concentration of poverty.
  • Eliminating institutional acts of discrimination and segregation to "affirmatively further fair housing."

Fair housing applies to almost everyone involved in renting property. It also applies to all types of housing such as:

  • Apartments
  • Houses
  • Condos
  • Rooming houses
  • Shelters
  • Cooperatives

If you have questions or want to file a complaint, contact the Seattle Office for Civil Rights