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Fair Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development has released a recent report on housing discrimination and the number of complaints being filed nationally.

Contact the City’s Fair Housing Review Board at 216-491-1440 to arrange for a presentation on fair housing, predatory lending, or training for real estate professionals.

*** Reminder: All Realtors and all persons who operate or manage a dwelling in Shaker with more than four units must post a particular Fair Housing notice spelled out in 515.05 Cod. Ord.

Information available from the Fair Housing office:

  • Foreclosure Prevention Advice and Programs
  • Re-financing Information
  • Mortgage Foreclosure Page
  • Foreclosure Study, "Understanding Mortgage Foreclosure Trends in Shaker Heights, Ohio"
  • HUD Tips to Avoid Foreclosure
  • Persisting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Ohio Mortgage Lending (article)

How to Recognize Housing Discrimination:

Under the Ordinances of the City of Shaker Heights (see Chapter 515 "Fair Housing") and the Federal Fair Housing Act, it is against the law to discriminate in housing based upon any of the following factors:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Handicap (if you or someone close to you has a disability)
  • Familial Status (families with children under the age of 18, or who are expecting a child)
  • Ancestry
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Some courts have approved provisions requiring real estate and property management companies to keep records and file reports with the court and civil rights groups. Many have been required to put a fair housing logo in their advertisements.

It is unlawful for a person, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, handicap, ancestry, sexual orientation or gender identity to:

  • Refuse to sell, rent or to negotiate for the sale or rental of a house or an apartment or otherwise to make housing unavailable.
  • Discriminate in the terms or conditions for buying or renting a house or apartment.
  • Make, print, publish or post statements or advertisements that a house or apartment is available only to persons of a certain race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status or handicap.
  • Represent a house or apartment as unavailable when, in fact, it is available.
  • Persuade or attempt to persuade people, for profit, to sell or rent their houses or apartments by representing that minority groups are moving in the area. This conduct is commonly known as "blockbusting."
  • Deny or make different terms for home loans by commercial lenders, such as bans, savings and loan associations or insurance companies.
  • Deny anyone the use of real estate services, such as a broker or multiple listing service.
  • Coerce, intimidate, threaten or interfere with anyone exercising or encouraging others to exercise rights granted under the ordinances of the City of Shaker Heights or the Federal Fair Housing Act.

If you believe that your fair housing rights have been violated, you may seek a remedy by contacting:

The City of Shaker Heights
Fair Housing Review Board
3400 Lee Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
216-491-1440
TTY 216-491-3161

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission
615 Superior Avenue N.W.
Cleveland, OH 44113
216-787-3150
TTY 216-787-3150

U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD)
Fair Housing HUB
Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building
77 West Jackson Boulevard, Room 2101
Chicago, IL 60604-3507
800-765-9372
TTY 800-927-9275

Additional Resources:

For landlord/tenant inquiries, contact the Cleveland Tenant's Organization (CTO) at 216-432-0617.

Answers to Fair Housing issues are available from these local fair housing organizations:

The Housing Advocates, Inc. at 216-391-5444.

Housing Research & Advocacy Center at 216-361-9240.

Heights Community Congress at 216-321-6755.

Frequently Asked "Fair Housing" Questions

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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