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Learn more about the Fair Housing Act

When Michigan residents go to buy or rent a home, apartment, co-op or townhouse, they may be covered under the Fair Housing Act. It states that most landlords and homeowners cannot discriminate based on factors such as race, national origin or familial status. Familial status means that a landlord or property owner generally cannot refuse to deal with someone who is pregnant or has children under the age of 18.

There are several specific acts that landlords and property owners cannot take under the FHA. For instance, it is illegal to deny a dwelling to a protected person or protected group. It would also be illegal to falsely indicate that a home or apartment is not for rent when it actually is. Other illegal actions include changing loan or purchase terms based on a person's nationality or other protected attribute.

What the law says about housing for the disabled

Michigan residents may be protected by a piece of legislation called the Fair Housing Act. It makes it generally illegal for landlords or homeowners to discriminate against those with disabilities when renting or selling most types of housing. Accommodations may need to be made to help a disabled person live comfortably in his or her apartment. Reasonable accommodations may also need to be made to rules or regulations a disabled homeowner or tenant may be subject to.

For purposes of the Fair Housing Act, a handicap may be either mental or physical. It is also important to note that there are exceptions to the terms of the Fair Housing Act. For instance, they may not apply to the sale or rental of a single-family home if the owner of the property owns or has an interest in three or fewer homes at the time of the sale. Furthermore, the terms may not apply if the home is being sold or rented without a real estate agent.

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