Fair Housing Education and Outreach

The BGHRC offers Fair Housing Workshops to provide information on fair housing issues to help eliminate possible discriminatory practices. Kentucky’s Fair Housing Law forbids discrimination in housing because of a person’s, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or familial status. It also forbids retaliation. 

Fair Housing Information

What kind of housing is covered? 
Real Property, (home, apartments, lots etc.) rented or sold, whether by or through a real estate broker, sales agent or operator, or directly by the owner with the intent of being used or occupied, or is designed or arranged, as a home or residency for one or more families.

Who must obey the laws?

  • Real Estate operators, brokers and agents
  • Savings & loan associations, mortgage lenders, banks, or other financial institutions
  • Apartment house agents/managers
  • Rental agents
  • Builders, contractors and developers
  • Owners of building lots
  • Advertising media
  • Homeowners advertising and selling their own home
  • Multiple listing services/real estate related organizations
  • Insurers and agents

Exemptions to the Fair Housing law

The rental of an owner-occupied duplex or one room in a private home; the sale of property without help from a real estate dealer and without public advertising; and rental of church-owned housing to the extent of giving preference to those of that religion.

Example: Refusal to rent on the basis of sex if:
A single sex dormitory; the landlord chooses not to rent to unmarried couples; or the landlord rents fewer than 10 units or to fewer than 10 persons in an owner-occupied facility; it can be demonstrated that gender-based exclusions are necessary for reason of personal modesty or privacy.

Example: Refusal to rent on the basis of familial status if:
Housing is intended as housing for older persons: occupants 62 years of age or older; or 80 percent of all units in the facility have occupants 55 years of age or older and special services for older persons are provided.

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