Fair housing: Test your knowledge

April 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the last great legislation that came out of the civil rights era. Fair housing is more than just rules and legal jargon – it’s essential to a free, open market that embraces equal opportunity and protects your business.

It’s important for REALTORS® to know and follow the rules to ensure that everyone has access to the American dream of homeownership. So, how much do you know about the Fair Housing Act? Test your knowledge with these questions from REALTOR® Magazine.

Under federal fair housing laws, it is legal to prohibit which of the following in a housing unit?

a. Smoking
b. A live-in caregiver for a resident with a disability
c. Drinking alcohol
d. Both a and c

The answer is d) Both a and c.


Which of the following are violations or potential violations of the Fair Housing Act?

a. A seller tells you he doesn’t want to sell to African-Americans
b. A sales associate puts the phrase “adults only” in an MLS listing
c. Both a and b
d. None of the above

The answer is c) Both a and b.

Take the full quiz and get answers to see where you stand.

While much progress has been made in the last half century, the fair housing fight continues as advocates seek protections for the LGBTQ community and address continuing discrimination leading to economic disparities in our neighborhoods. Visit www.FairHousing.realtor for more information.