Prohibited Practices in Housing
Under the Minnesota Human Rights Act, housing is a protected area, and it is illegal to treat you differently in housing because of your: race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, public assistance, sexual orientation, or familial status.
With limited exceptions, the following actions constitute a violation of the Human Rights Act in housing when, because of your protected class status:
Property owners and managing agents, financial institutions with real property interest, real estate brokers:
- Deny loans or offering less favorable terms and conditions to applicants
- Refuse to rent an apartment
- Refuse to make necessary repairs to a rental unit
- Refuse to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability
- Evict a tenant
- Respondents that may be exempt under one or more circumstances include the following:
- Non-profit organization that rents rooms in a residence home, with respect to sex.
- Resident owner of a rental unit in the accommodation to another person(s) with respect to sex, marital status, public assistance, sexual orientation, or disability.
- Resident owner of a rental unit in a dwelling with no more than two units, with respect to sexual orientation.
- Resident owner occupied building containing four or fewer dwelling units or housing for elderly persons, with respect to familial status.
- Local, state, or federal restrictions regarding the maximum number of people allowed to occupy a dwelling shall not be disregarded in favor familial status discrimination.