Under the Fair Housing Act, it is against the law to...
Refuse to rent or sell housing
Tell someone housing is unavailable when in fact it is available
Show individuals or families apartments or homes only in certain neighborhoods
Set different terms, conditions, or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling
Provide different housing services or facilities
Advertise housing to preferred groups of people
Refuse to provide information regarding mortgage loans, deny mortgage loans, or impose different terms or conditions on a mortgage loan
Deny property insurance
Conduct property appraisals in a discriminatory manner
Refuse to make reasonable accommodations for persons with a disability if the accommodation may be necessary to afford such person a reasonable and equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling
Fail to design and construct housing in an accessible manner
Harass, coerce, intimidate, or interfere with anyone exercising or assisting someone else with his/her fair housing rights
...because of an individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, family status, or disability.
If you feel your rights have been violated or that you have been discriminated against under the Fair Housing Act, Texas Fair Housing Act, or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, you can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the State of Texas or the City of Dickinson.
Information to have ready when filing a complaint:
Your name, address, and contact information
The name and address of the person your complaint is against
The address or identification of the housing involved
A short description of the alleged violation (i.e. what occurred to cause you to believe that your rights were violated)