Introduction: The Antidiscrimination & Labor Division (UALD) Fair Housing unit administers and enforces the Utah Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, source of income, familial status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Act specifically prohibits discrimination against anyone who wants to rent or purchase real property (houses, condos apartments, etc.) based on the listed categories. Additionally, based on a cooperative agreement with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, anyone who files a housing discrimination complaint with our office is automatically filing with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This means we are a dual-filing office.
Mediation: Our Fair Housing unit mediates fair housing cases. Through our mediation process we can often reach an agreement between a renter/purchaser and the landlord/owner saving everyone involved a lot of time and unnecessary costs. We understand that a speedy resolution of a case is in everyone’s best interest. However, if the resolution conference is unsuccessful, we will promptly investigate the claim in order to resolve all allegations of housing discrimination.
Education & Outreach: Our housing unit also acts as a resource to renters, purchasers, property managers and owners by providing workshops and offering advice concerning laws which prohibit housing discrimination. Compliance through educational presentations has effectively been utilized by our Fair Housing Unit as a means to encourage voluntary compliance.
Believing that education and public awareness is at the heart of ending housing discrimination throughout Utah, the Antidiscrimination Division offers regular trainings in Fair Housing law to increase Fair Housing knowledge, understanding, and responsibility in our state. These trainings are held quarterly at the Labor Commission, and are free of charge and open to all members of the community, including not only housing providers (landlords) and tenants, but also students, teachers, faith leaders, advocates, state and local representatives, and most importantly, the people in protected classes who are facing housing discrimination.