You may imagine Lennon’s fair and ideal world, where everyone gets equal chances and treatment, but the reality contradicts you at every step. The world keeps insisting on differences among people, dividing them according to characteristics no one chose or can change. Discrimination is constantly talked about and generally we all agree that it’s wrong, but we keep seeing it, even experiencing it way too often in everyday’s life.
The Fair Housing Act is sort of legacy of Martin Luther King and President Johnson and legislation meant to guarantee basic human rights.
Namely, one would think that renting or buying a house takes only enough money and a contract with seller or landlord. Unfortunately, it turned out that sellers and landlords do not see all potential buyers the same and the difference they make is based upon person’s background. Thus, you could find yourself being refused by a house seller simply because you are black, have the same sex orientation or simply worship different God and religion. Also, the same kind of discrimination often hits disabled people or families with children under 18.
The Fair Housing Act is a federal act established with an intention to prevent, control or punish this kind of behavior and consequentially protect buyers or renters who fall under protected classes. This includes anyone treated unfairly because of their race, color, sex, religion, nationality, physical illness or any other similar distinctive characteristic. The system of Fair Housing involves several thousand people all over the United States in charge of executing these legislation’s.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is primary authority in charged for this matter, but most cases are prosecuted by local governmental agencies and courts.
The whole issue sound quite well regulated and based upon common reason, but in fact, fair housing violations happen more frequently than most of us are aware. Sometimes, even telling the difference between fair and unfair housing isn’t as easy as one might expect.
Furthermore, individuals who experienced fair housing violation and discrimination based upon any feature are facing legal procedure if planning to react and look for justice.
Filing a complaint goes via FHEO or some local governmental agencies and frequently people turn to a wide network of non-government private agencies, investigators and lawyers dedicated to solving these types of problems.
Here we face two major problems. Too many people are ashamed or inert or not even aware of their basic rights thus too many of these cases stay under the radar unreported. People just accept the discrimination and move further looking for another chance. The second problem is legislation procedure. People tend to be afraid or confused or intimidated by the complexity of the legal process and this attitude often keeps them away from even trying to chase the justice.
Pure lack of information and knowledge about this matter is also among leading reasons for too many unfair housing going on freely out there.
Enforcement of Fair Housing legislation is often inconsistent in numerous local regions, causing many to doubt fair treatment even in front of the judges.
In order to help you understand the matter, sharpen your skills to spot discrimination, differ fair and unfair housing and give you precise instructions on how to act and what to do if faced with this issue, this blog offers series of texts on this subject.
Explore these pages and you will find everything you need to know and have in order to fight for something that is basic human right and matter of common sense.