What Is Discrimination In Housing? What Can I Do If I Think I Am A Victim Of Discrimination?

Landlords and property managers are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race or color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, or disability by both the federal Fair Housing Act and by Nebraska law. Owner-occupied private homes in which no more than three sleeping rooms are rented are exempt.

Unlawful housing practices generally include discrimination in the advertisement, acquisition (showing, negotiating for or transmitting offers for sale or rental), financing, or possession and enjoyment (terms, conditions, privileges) of residential property.

From the date of any alleged harm, the time limit for a housing charge is one year. Federal filing deadlines may be different. Anyone who has opposed any unlawful practice or who has participated in any manner in any proceeding to enforce the statutes is protected by statutes that bar retaliation.

Though Student Legal Services attorneys do not handle discrimination proceedings, registered students may come into the office to discuss their situation and find resources that may be helpful. Some organizations that may be able to assist you are the Nebraska Equal Opportunity CommissionLincoln Commission on Human Rights, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.