Consumer Column

Fair Housing Month is Great Reminder of Our Rights

BATON ROUGE, LA - In recognition of the 50th Annual Fair Housing Month, Attorney General Jeff Landry is encouraging Louisiana citizens to know their rights when renting or buying a home and to report any potential violations.

"Federal and State Laws are clear: it is illegal to practice housing discrimination based on someone's race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability," said General Landry. "My office is working together with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to inform Louisianans of their rights and ensure they are treated fairly."

General Landry's Office routinely holds Fair Housing Workshops across the State to inform contractors, developers, architects, landlords, tenants, housing advocates, and the general public of their housing rights under Louisiana law. In partnership with HUD, the Louisiana Department of Justice (LADOJ) handles various types of fair housing discrimination complaints; including: real estate, mortgage and lending, and rental dwellings of any type (apartments, rental homes, and trailer parks).

From providing different terms, conditions, or privileges for certain people to refusing to make certain modifications or accommodations for persons with mental or physical disabilities - all housing discrimination is wrong. And General Landry's Office hopes everyone who has experienced housing discrimination will report it to the LADOJ's Equal Housing Opportunity Section by calling 800-273-5718 or visiting www.agjefflandry.com

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said 'injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,' and this is especially true with people's rights to live where they choose," added General Landry. "We encourage anyone who may have experienced injustice in the housing process to contact our office today."

General Landry's Office also reminds the public that they are available to provide training to businesses, professional associations, builders, owners, and renters who are working to comply with the law. To request this type of training, again call 800-273-5718 or visit www.agjefflandry.com

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