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The Fair Housing Act covers most housing. The exemptions not covered by the Fair Housing Act are: - Owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units; - Single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker; - Housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.
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All New Shoreham taxpayers that rent property must pay the 1% annual tax, with the following exclusions:
- There is no tax due on year-round rental apartments or homes. Year-round rentals are defined as those of six months or longer in duration. - There is no tax due on any hotel, inn, or bed and breakfast rentals. - There is no tax due on any seasonal employee housing rentals.
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin,religion, sex, familial status and disability in the following residential real estate related transactions. - Leasing an apartment - Selling a home - Making available mortgage loans - Providing information on mortgage loans - The terms and conditions of a mortgage loan (for example: offering a different interest rate, points or fees that vary as to personal characteristics) - Appraising real estate.
In the sale and rental of housing and in mortgage lending: No one may take any discriminatory actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability per the Fair Housing Act. In Rhode Island, state law also prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of military status,marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a victim of domestic abuse.
In addition, it is illegal for anyone to: - Threaten, coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise that right - Advertise or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap. This prohibition against discriminatory advertising applies to single-family and owner-occupied housing that is otherwise exempt from the Fair Housing Act.
Housing discrimination comes in many forms and is often subtle. Some signs of possible discrimination include:
- A refusal to sell, rent, or show available housing - Requiring different terms and conditions for identical dwellings, i.e. charging higher rent, security deposit for different tenants - Being told that the dwelling isn’t right for you or your family - Being told that housing isn’t available in an apartment with a “For Rent” sign - Housing advertisements that say “no kids” or “adults only” - A refusal to make a reasonable accommodation or allow a modification to make the dwelling accessible for a person with a disability - Harassment or intimidation - Offering nonstandard and unfavorable terms in the purchase of a home or property insurance - Terms of availability that change between a phone contact and an inperson visit - Being steered to racially segregated neighborhoods during your home search - Excessive or inappropriate questioning upon requesting information about a dwelling
If you think your rights have been violated, you may contact:The Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights at (401)222-2661 or their website or the HUD Regional Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Office (Boston)at (617) 994-8300 or visit HUD online.