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The City of College Station would like to take this opportunity to remind all housing providers that the City is committed to affirmatively further fair housing within its jurisdiction. Toward that end, we urge all housing providers - owners, agents, lenders, builders, landlords, advertisers and housing organizations of all types to keep fair housing issues in mind when dealing with your clients, customers, and the public.

Fair housing protections are guaranteed and regulated by Federal, state, and local statutes, ordinances, regulations, and executive orders. No person shall be subjected to discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin. These are known as "Protected Classes." Discriminatory housing practices are prohibited in all housing, both publicly and privately owned.

Discriminatory Actions

HUD defines unlawful discriminatory actions as including: discrimination in the sale or rental of a dwelling; in the terms and use of housing; by member of the real estate industry; discriminatory advertising; and in residential real estate related transactions by the following actions to members of a protected class:

  • Seller/Landlord's refusal to rent or sell you housing
  • Tell you housing is unavailable when in fact it is available
  • Show you apartments or homes only in certain neighborhoods
  • Set different terms, conditions, or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling
  • Provide different housing services or facilities
  • Advertise housing to preferred groups of people only
  • Refuse to provide you with information regarding mortgage loans, deny you a mortgage loan, or impose different terms or conditions
  • Conduct property appraisals in a discriminatory manner
  • Refuse to make reasonable accommodations for the disabled for a reasonable and equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling
  • Fail to design and construct housing in an accessible manner
  • Harass, coerce, intimidate, or interfere with anyone exercising or assisting someone else with his/her fair housing rights

For information about Fair Housing please visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's website.

The City of College Station enacted its own Fair Housing Ordinance (Ch.4, Sec. 12, Code of Ordinances, No. 1197 of November 29, 1979) which mirrors the federal statutes by prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, brokerage, or financing of housing within the City. The City maintains a formal record of all fair housing complaints filed within its jurisdiction in the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Update, which is available to the public. As a housing provider, we ask that you partner with the City to ensure fair housing opportunity for all citizens. We welcome the opportunity to respond to questions or concerns regarding the issue of fair housing within the City of College Station. For more information, contact the City's Community Services Department at (979) 764-3778.

Fair Housing Complaints

If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or an apartment and you believe your rights have been violated, you can file your fair housing complaint online with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development here.

Or contact Housing Discrimination Hotline at 1-800-669-9777.

Or contact the Fort Worth Regional Office of FHEO
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
801 Cherry Street, unit #45
Suite 2500
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
(817) 978-5900

Or contact the Texas Work Force Commission
Civil Rights Division
1117 Trinity Street, Rm. 144-T
Austin, Texas 78701

Or contact the City Attorney's Office
(979) 764-3541

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