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The Fair Housing Law


Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII (Fair Housing Act of 1988) and Chapter 4112 of the Ohio Revised Code prohibit discrimination in housing.

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of:

  • Race or color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial Status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18)
  • Handicap (mental or physical)
  • Military Status
  • Ancestry

In the Sale and Rental of Housing: No one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, handicap or ancestry:

  • Refuse to rent or sell housing
  • Refuse to negotiate for housing
  • Deny a dwelling
  • Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling
  • Provide different housing services or facilities
  • Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection sale or rental
  • Persuade owners to sell or rent (block busting) or
  • Deny anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing

In Addition: It is illegal for anyone to:

  • Threaten, coerce, intimidate, or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise that right based on national origin, religion, sex familial status, handicap, or ancestry.

If you feel your rights have been violated, please contact us:

Mercer County Fair Housing
101 N. Main Street
Celina, OH 45822
419-586-4209