Under the Utah and Federal Fair Housing Acts, you have the right to rent, purchase, or finance housing without discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (families with children under 18), or disability. Additionally, under the Utah Fair Housing Act, you also have the right to select housing regardless of your source of income (for example, if you receive state, local, or federal government assistance, including housing vouchers).
The Fair Housing Acts cover most housing. In some circumstances, the Acts exempt owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family homes sold or rented without the use of a broker, and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.
Most housing discrimination doesn't involve having a door slammed in your face or a bigoted remark directed your way. Unsuspecting renters or home buyers may be politely turned away from the housing of their choice, even though they are qualified. The following are examples of housing discrimination that might not be as obvious as an overt statement:
If you believe that you have been discriminated against based upon one of the protected classes such as national origin, color, sex, handicap or disability, familial status (families with children under 18), religion, race or source of income (receiving state, local or federal government assistance), and you feel your rights to fair housing have been violated, contact our office for more information.