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Your Rights in Housing

Housing Discrimination

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 some exceptions, the following actions constitute a violation of the Human Rights Act in housing when, because of your protected class status:

Property owners, managing agents, financial institutions with real   property interest, and real estate brokers may not because of a protected class reason: 

  • Deny loans or offer 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

Significant Exemptions

  • 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 single-family dwelling that rents to another person, 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, with respect to familial status. 
    • Housing for elderly persons, with respect to familial status.
  • Application of local, state, or federal restrictions regarding the maximum number of people allowed to occupy a dwelling shall not be regarded as familial status discrimination.
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