What is Housing Discrimination?


Under the Utah and Federal Fair Housing Acts, you have the right to rent, purchase, or finance housing without discrimination based on your race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, source of income, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Additionally, under the Utah Fair Housing Act, you also have the right to select housing regardless of your source of income (for example, if you receive state, local, or federal government assistance, including housing vouchers).

What Housing is Covered?

The Fair Housing Acts cover most housing. In some circumstances, the Acts exempt owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family homes sold or rented without the use of a broker, and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.

How to Recognize Housing Discrimination:

Most housing discrimination doesn't involve having a door slammed in your face or a bigoted remark directed your way. Unsuspecting renters or home buyers may be politely turned away from the housing of their choice, even though they are qualified. The following are examples of housing discrimination that might not be as obvious as an overt statement:

For example:

  • A woman with a disability who uses a companion animal was refused a rental unit in an apartment with a "no-pets" policy.
  • In some instances, women or families are denied housing because of unlawful "no kids" policies. Housing discrimination may also include situations where children are restricted from accessing and using facilities, due to unlawful rules prohibiting children from accessing privileges normally available to older tenants.
  • Housing discrimination also applies to situations of predatory lending practices, where unsuspecting potential home buyers enter into loan agreements with high interest rates or different terms and conditions than those set for other individuals with similar credit scores and credit history.

If you believe that you have been discriminated against based upon one of the protected classes such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, source of income, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and you feel your rights to fair housing have been violated, contact our office for more information.

We welcome your questions or comments

Antidiscrimination & Labor Division
160 East 300 South, 3rd Floor
P.O. Box 146640
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6640
Phone: 801-530-6801 or 1-800-222-1238
Email: discrimination@utah.gov