What is the Fair Housing Law?
In the City of Boston, it is illegal to discriminate in the rental or sale of housing based on the following protected classes:
|Color||Military Status||Sexual Orientation||Disability/Handicap|
|National Origin||Source of Income (Public Assistance, Including Section 8)||Familial Status (including presence of children)|
The Boston Fair Housing Commission investigates housing discrimination complaints. Trained investigators analyze information gathered from interviews and records to determine whether there is "probable cause" (sufficient evidence to believe) to conclude that housing discrimination occured.
When a discrimination complaint results in a Probable Cause finding that cannot be resolved through conciliation, the Boston Fair Housing Commission may hold a public hearing, award damages and assess fines, and order and monitor actions to prevent further discrimination. The Commission reviews compliance with settlement agreements and may, upon a finding of non-compliance, take enforcement action.