Fair Housing

REALTORS® Committed to Fair

Housing Throughout the Year

April Is Fair Housing Month

April 2014 will mark the 46th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act. Each year REALTORS® recognize the significance of this event and reconfirm our commitment to upholding fair housing law as well as our commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.


The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is in full support and advocacy of the practice of equal opportunity in fair housing. It is our pledge to uphold the spirit as well as the letter of the law, through programs, activities and training designed to promote and further the right of equal opportunity in housing for all.

We believe equal opportunity exists only where there is complete freedom of choice in housing and we oppose any attempt to interfere with this freedom of choice.

We affirm our endorsement of and commitment to the Fair Housing Partnership Resolution of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Association of REALTORS®, believing it to be a constructive, voluntary means of promoting equal opportunity through freedom of choice.

We pledge our continued support of and cooperation with the Illinois Department of Human Rights in our mutual efforts to assure equal opportunity in housing for all.

REALTOR® Code of Ethics

Article 10 of the REALTORS® Code of Ethics provides that "REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, or sexual orientation. REALTORS® shall not be parties to any plan or agreement to discriminate against a person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, or sexual orientation. REALTORS®, in their real estate employment practices, shall not discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, or sexual orientation."

Protected Classes

There are seven protected classes under the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, familial status.

Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in places of public accommodations and commercial facilities.

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act makes discrimination unlawful with respect to any aspect of a credit application on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age or because all or part of the applicant's income derives from any public assistance program.

State laws and local ordinances also protect certain classes. In Illinois, sexual orientation was added to the state list of protected classes in January 2005. "Order of Protection Status" was added to Illinois law as a protected class effective Jan. 1, 2010. See Illinois Human Rights Statute.