One of the privileges of living in the United States is the right to freely choose where you will live.
Utah and Federal Fair Housing Acts protect your right to select housing without discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or your source of income.
It is unlawful to:
- Refuse to rent, sell or negotiate for housing; or
- Make housing unavailable or deny that housing is available; or
- Set different terms, conditions or privileges for the sale or rental of housing based on race, color, national origin, familial status, disability, sex or religion; or
- Deny or make different terms or conditions for a mortgage, home loan, homeowners insurance or other real estate related transaction.
What housing is covered?
- Single family homes owned by private persons when a real estate broker and/or discriminatory advertising is used to rent or sell the home;
- Single family homes not owned by private persons (such as corporation or partnerships) even if a broker is not used to rent or sell the home;
- Multi-family dwellings with five or more units, including rooming houses; and
- Multi-family dwellings with four or less units, if the owner does not live in one of the units.
What housing is not covered?
- The law does not apply to non-commercial housing run by religious organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy solely to members.