A Federal Court has ruled that the Federal Fair Housing Act covers the LGBT community, offering protection against sex descrimination on the basis of sexual stereotyping.
In April 2015, landlord Avanti, in Gold Hill, Colrado, refused to rent one of her properties to spouses Tonya Smith and Rachel Smith, who is transgender, and their children, fearing noise from their children along with the Smiths’ unique relationship.
The Smiths sued Avanti, alleging sex discrimination and familial status discrimination, violating the Federal Fair Housing Act as well as the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act.
A Federal Court ruled last week that the prohibition against sex discrimination in the Fair Housing Act covers LGBT people, and ruled in favor of the Smith family on all five counts in the lawsuit.
The Fair Housing Act, which all real estate agents and brokers must adhere to, forbids housing discrimination on the basis of Race, Color, Religion, National Origin, Sex, Disability, Familial status, or households with pregnant women or children under 18, with an exception for senior/elderly housing. And like a good neighbor, JP Morgan & RE/MAX Central are on the battlefield protecting your ability to procure fair housing anywhere in the United States of America.