Equal Housing Opportunity — what it means and why it’s important 

Equal Housing Opportunity — what it means and why it’s important 

The term “equal housing opportunity” stems from the Fair Housing Act. Enacted in 1968, it made it unlawful to refuse to sell, rent to, or negotiate with someone because of their race, color, religion, and national origin. Subsequently, sex, disability, and familial status were included. 

For you and everyone 

Unfortunately, violations of equal housing opportunities still occur in the housing market. Ideally, if the law is followed properly and justly, the Fair Housing Act would mean that people of color, women, people with disabilities, and people of different religions, would all have a fair chance to buy or rent a home. 

 However, in reality, equal housing opportunity claims are still filed regularly and many minorities are prevented from buying or renting a property to which they are lawfully entitled. 


To understand this better, the Fair Housing Act specifies clear-cut responsibilities for home sellers and protection for home buyers. 

 If you are the owner of a property and want to sell your home you have a personal and legal responsibility not to discriminate in the sale, rental, and financing of your property on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. 

 You cannot have your licensed broker or individual acting as your agent or salesperson violate these laws either. Real estate agents, brokers, and other  professionals are bound by the same law as you are. 

Why EHO is important  

If you’re looking for a home to buy or rent an “equal housing opportunity” property means that all housing opportunities will be provided to you equally without any racial, religious, sexual, or physical discrimination of any kind. 

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