Common Discrimination Practices

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The most common housing discrimination practices are:

REFUSAL TO DEAL
Refusing to sell, rent, lease, exchange or negotiate for a dwelling for discriminatory reasons.

DIFFERENT TERMS/CONDITIONS
Discriminating in rental amounts, security deposits, enforcement of rules or other terms and conditions of rental or sale.

MISREPRESENTATION
Representing that an available dwelling is not available for inspection, sale or rental when, in fact, it is.

DISCRIMINATORY PRESENTATION
Saying, publishing or displaying a racial, religious, sexual or ethnic preference with respect to the sale or rental of housing.

STEERING
Directing anyone to homes or rental properly in a particular area for discriminatory reasons.

ASSIGNING
Directing anyone to a particular section of the community for discriminatory reasons.

UNEQUAL FINANCING
Denying a loan or offering different financial terms and conditions for discriminatory reasons.

BLOCKBUSTING
Engaging in panic-selling by representing that the racial composition of a neighborhood is going to change.

ADULTS ONLY
Excluding or discriminating against families with children, except under specific guidelines for housing for older persons.

DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION
Discriminating against or failing to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.