Housing Discrimination Prohibited by State and Local Law

State or local fair housing laws may forbid some types of discrimination that federal law doesn't cover.

Most state and local laws prohibiting housing discrimination echo federal antidiscrimination law. But some laws forbid additional types of discrimination—such as discrimination based on marital status—that aren’t covered by federal law. For example, in states that prohibit discrimination based on marital status, it is illegal to refuse to rent to divorced people, even though federal law does not prohibit this kind of discrimination.â

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