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TDHCA Press Room

Renting, selling housing subject to Fair Housing Act

Whether intentional or not, when it comes to selling or renting housing, certain practices are violations of the Fair Housing Act. These practices, when based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability, may include:

  • Refusing to rent or sell housing
  • Refusing to negotiate for housing
  • Making housing unavailable
  • Setting different terms, conditions, or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling
  • Providing different housing services or facilities
  • Falsely denying that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental
  • For profit, persuading owners to sell or rent (blockbusting) or
  • Denying anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing

Realtor Magazine provides helpful information on Fair Property Advertising at http://realtormag.realtor.org/tool-kit/fair-housing/article/tips-for-fair-property-advertising.

Learn more at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/FHLaws/yourrights.

The Texas Workforce Commission ("TWC") is responsible for enforcing the state and federal Fair Housing Acts in the State of Texas. For more information, or to file a discrimination complaint, please contact TWCs Civil Rights Division (TWCCRD) at 888-452-4778/512-463-2642 or visit them online at http://www.twc.state.tx.us/partners/civil-rights-discrimination.


News Releases

News releases are developed by the Communications and Marketing section of the Division of Policy and Public Affairs to publicize TDHCA program activities. These include application funding cycles, program grant awards, special events, board activities, and other relevant information.

Date Headline
04/03/2017 State housing agency recognizes Fair Housing Month;
encourages Texans to ‘know your rights’
12/06/2016 State housing agency enters into $10 million loan agreement to provide qualified homebuyers with down payment and closing cost assistance
07/29/2016 State housing agency’s $65.3 million tax credit allocation to expand housing options for income-eligible Texans
07/28/2016 State housing agency continues investment in Hidalgo County Self-Help initiatives
07/28/2016 State housing agency continues investment in Webb County Self-Help initiatives
06/24/2016 State housing agency, regional nonprofit to provide energy assistance program in nine East Texas counties
03/21/2016 State housing agency’s online homebuyer education tool takes the complexity out of home purchase process
02/05/2016 State housing agency’s $9.96 million to create affordable housing, expand housing choices for low-income Texans
11/19/2015 State housing agency’s $34.5 million package to fund upgrades for Grand Prairie affordable rental property
07/30/2015 State housing agency’s $63.5 million tax credit allocation to expand housing options for income-eligible Texans
07/30/2015 State housing agency’s $700,000 contract to improve living standards in five Starr County colonias
07/16/2015 State housing agency’s $1 million contract to improve living standards in five Maverick County colonias
07/16/2015 State housing agency provides additional $578,000 to improve colonia standards in Cameron and Willacy counties
02/27/2015 State housing agency to contribute to ambitious makeover of 1,590 units of El Paso public housing
01/21/2015 State housing agency’s $6.7 million financing package to expand affordable rental market in Rio Hondo