Federal, State and local laws have been enacted to protect individuals from discriminatory practices in their pursuit of housing, whether renting or buying. Real estate licensees should understand fair housing laws and related requirements to ensure that nobody is denied their real property rights. Real estate professionals that better understand what laws exist, who is protected, what is prohibited and how the laws are enforced will be able to avoid discriminatory activities and the resulting consequences for noncompliance. Failure to comply with laws not only exposes a licensee to charges of criminal acts, but may also be grounds for civil and/or disciplinary action.
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