Real Estate Glossary

What is Housing Discrimination?

Housing discrimination refers to any form of discrimination by a landlord, property owner, real estate agent, or any other person involved in the rental, sale, or financing of housing on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, disability, or any other protected characteristic. This type of discrimination can take many forms, such as steering prospective tenants or buyers to or away from certain neighborhoods, denying housing based on a protected characteristic, or charging different rent or sale prices to different groups of people. Housing discrimination is illegal under federal, state, and local laws in the United States.