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Legal FAQ's
Fair Housing

Q: Is it necessary to use the Equal Housing Opportunity slogan and logo in advertisements? 

A: The Fair Housing Act does not require the use of the Equal Opportunity slogan or logo. Use of the slogan and logo expresses your commitment to fair housing. Use of the slogan and logo can serve to temper a perception that discrimination is indicated in an advertisement. 

Q: I’m a landlord, and I don’t want to rent to college students. May a landlord refuse to rent to single college students without violating the Fair Housing Act? 

A: Yes. College students don’t constitute a protected class under the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, handicap, familial status or national origin. Familial status has been defined as a person with one or more children under the age of 18, a woman who is pregnant or a person who has custody or is gaining custody of a child under the age of 18. 

Q: I represent an out-of-state buyer who is looking for property in a 55-and-older community. She is here on vacation and has a limited amount of time to look for property. How can I find out where all the 55-and-older communities are in my area? 

A: The Florida Commission on Human Relations has a registry of “55 and older” communities available on its Web site. Go to http://fchr.state.fl.us, select the “Directory of 55+ Housing Communities" link, then select "55+ Directory." You can then search the directory by county, unit, name address, city.