Federal Fair Housing laws do not apply to certain groups of people, but your state laws might not contain those exemptions. In order to find out your state laws, contact the local office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or your state’s consumer affairs section of the attorney general’s office.
Under the federal rules, the following are subject to the fair housing laws:
• real estate licensees;
• individual owners of single family rental/sale houses, but only if:
1. they use a real estate broker for the property; and/or,
2. they use discriminatory advertising;
• individual owners of single family rental/sale houses if they own more than three or if they sell more than one every two years (even if they do not use a broker and do not use discriminatory advertising);
• everyone else (corporations, partnerships, etc.) that owns single family homes for rental or sale;
• all owners of multi-family homes of five or more units; and,
• all owners of multi-family homes of four or less units if the owner does not live in one of them.