Fair Housing Rights

You Have a Right to Equal Housing Opportunities

The Orange County Department of Human Rights and Relations is dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination and promoting fair housing through the investigation of housing discrimination complaints and through education and outreach.

It is against the law to discriminate against a renter or home buyer based on that person's:

  • Age (older than 40)
  • Color
  • Disability
  • Familial status (having children)
  • National origin
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Veteran's status

A Landlord or Housing Provider May Not Do the Following

  • Refuse to rent or sell you a home
  • Charge more to rent or buy a home
  • Falsely claim a home is unavailable
  • Persuade you to move into or away from a certain neighborhood
  • Refuse to accommodate a disability
  • Deny any other housing transaction based on your membership in one of the protected classes

You Have a Right to File a Housing Discrimination Complaint

Orange County's Civil Rights Ordinance grants the right to residents to file a complaint of discrimination against a landlord, housing provider or any other person who violates that resident's right to fair and equal housing opportunities. There is no cost to file a complaint. In most cases, the complaint will be "dual-filed" with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Federal Fair Housing Act.

Investigators in Orange County and a HUD investigator will obtain and analyze evidence and information to determine if discrimination occurred.

If You Believe You Have Experienced a Form of Housing Discrimination

Please contact the Orange County Department of Human Rights and Relations at 919-245-2487, or you may complete our online questionnaire in either English or Spanish.