Fair Housing

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The federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 protects people from discrimination in housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, including gender identity and sexual orientation, family status or disability. It is illegal to refuse to sell or rent to you based on these factors.

Ramsey County is committed to combating discrimination and building inclusive communities and believes it is important for everyone to understand how they are protected.

Majority of housing-related activities are covered under the Fair Housing Act, with some exceptions for:

  • Owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units.
  • Single-family houses sold or rented by the owner without the use of an agent.
  • Housing operated by religious organizations and private clubs that reserve occupancy for members only.

Rights and responsibilities

Protections as a renter or buyer can be found on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development webpage. Additional information for Minnesota landlords and tenants can be found on the State Attorney General’s Office webpage


If you suspect you have been discriminated against or will be harmed by a discriminatory housing practice you may file an online complaint or contact: