What is Housing Discrimination?
Indiana residents are entitled by law to rent a place to live or buy a home without consideration to their: race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, familial status (having children under 18) or disability.
What does this mean in practical terms? Here are some of the things that housing providers may not do:
- Refuse to rent or sell housing
- Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, rental or sale
- Refuse to make a mortgage loan
- Impose different conditions or terms on a loan
- Threaten, coerce or intimidate any individual exercising a fair housing right
- Refuse reasonable changes to your dwelling to accommodate a disability
How you can protect yourself from housing discrimination.
One of the best ways to protect yourself from housing discrimination is to make sure that all official communication is done in writing. Most of the time, there are options for interacting with your property manager through e-mail, which is an excellent way to ensure that records of all communications exist. In the event that e-mail or some other form of written communication is not an option, ensure that you are keeping track of the date and time of all communications, as well as what was discussed during those times.
What to do if you think you've been the victim of housing discrimination.
Call, write or visit the Commission within 365 days of the date in which the alleged act of discrimination occurred and describe the situation you feel was discriminatory. An experienced Intake Specialist will listen, advise and assist you accordingly.
The Commission works cooperatively with its federal counterpart, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The on-line form is for submitting an inquiry to the ICRC. Complaints must be filed either by personal delivery, mail or fax. If you encounter problems working with the on-line form you might be better served to call The Commission at 1-800-628-2909.