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Equal Housing

WI's Fair Housing Laws

TermDefinition
Age a protected class under the fair housing laws that refers to any persons at least 18 years of age.
Ancestry a person's racial and ethnic background.
Blockbusting the practice of exploiting racial prejudices and the fear of a general decline in a neighborhood's real estate values to induce homeowners to sell their properties at a low price.
Color a protected class under the fair housing laws that refers to a person's skin color.
Disability a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of having such an impairment or being regarded as having such an impairment.
Dwelling any building or part of a building designed for occupancy as a residence by one or more families.
Familial Status whether persons are members of families in which one or more children under 18 lives with a parent, a person who has legal custody, or the designee of the parent or legal custodian.
Lawful Source of Income the source of a person's income, provided that it is legal.
Marital Status whether a person is single, married, divorced, separated, or widowed.
National Origin the country where a person or his or her ancestors originated or came from.
Race a person's membership in a group possessing characteristics and traits transmitted by descent.
Redlining a lender's refusal to mortgage or an insurance company's refusal to insure property within a geographic area on the belief those loans or insurance writing in the area would be of high risk.
Religion a person's religious or spiritual beliefs and practices, or his or her denominational affiliations.
Sex a class protected under fair housing laws referring to gender.
Sexual Orientation having a preference for hererosexuality or bisexuality, having a history of such a preference or being identified with such a preference.
Steering the illegal practice of channeling home seekers to or away from certain areas.
Created by: bunkiebaby