To File a Complaint, Contact: Your Guide Annapolis Human Relations Commission to (HRC) 410-263-7998 Fair Housing Maryland Commission on Human Relations 410-767-8600 Complaint Process Maryland Real Estate Commission 410-230-6200 Annapolis Annapolis Human U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Human Relations Commission Development (HUD) Relations If the HRC decides that your complaint has 1-888-799-2085 merit, it will first try to resolve the problem Commission You have one year after an alleged violation through mediation. That is, Commissioners to contact HUD and six months to contact the will arrange a discussion between the Maryland Commission on Human Relations. party who has made the complaint and The Annapolis HRC has no time limitations, the party against whom it has been filed but you should file as soon as possible. in an attempt to reach an agreement that satisfies both sides. If mediation does not Sources of Information work, or if either party refuses to meet, the HRC may hold a public hearing to decide about Fair Housing whether your complaint has merit. After the Fair Housing: Equal Opportunity for all, Office hearing, the HRC of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. may take further Department of Housing and Urban Develop- action under law, ment (January 2002) including referring Are You a Victim of Housing Discrimination?, the case to the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, appropriate local, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Devel- state and federal opment (July 2004) agencies. City of Annapolis Overview of Fair Housing Regulations (October 2005) Annapolis, MD Municipal Code and Charter, Chapter 11.32 (Fair Housing) Fair Housing Laws You May Be A Victim City of Annapolis If Someone: The City Code of Annapolis makes it illegal to Refuses to rent or sell you housing. discriminate against you in housing, residential and Tells you that housing is unavailable when it commercial real estate, and financial lending on the really is available. basis of race, color, gender, religion, national Shows you apartments or origin, age, marital status, family status (includ- homes in certain neighbor- ing having or expecting children), physical or hoods only. mental disability, sexual orientation, or lawful Sets conditions for the sale income. The Annapolis Human Relations or rental of property that are Commission (HRC) handles complaints that different from those offered Fair Housing: occur within the City. to other people. The State of Maryland Refuses to provide you Your Right to Have the Article 49B of the Maryland Annotated Code with information regarding Same Housing Choices makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of mortgage loans, denies you a loan, or imposes different race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, terms on a loan than another You are guaranteed equal access to housing by marital status, family status, physical or mental person receives. laws of the Federal government, the State of Mary- disability, or sexual orientation. Real estate land, and the City of Annapolis. These laws are Denies you property law forbids discriminatory practices by real insurance. made to stop unfair or discriminatory practices, estate brokers or agents. The Maryland Commission such as misinformation, inconsistent pricing, steer- Refuses to make reasonable accommodations on Human Relations handles complaints filed under ing, and redlining, that are used to keep people for you if you are disabled. Article 49B. Violations of real estate law are enforced from living in the communities they choose. Threatens, coerces, or intimidates you from by the Maryland Real Estate Commission. exercising your rights under fair housing laws. The fair housing laws of the City of Annapolis, the The Federal Government Refuses to accept Housing Choice Vouchers. State of Maryland, and the Federal government The Fair Housing Amendments Act makes it illegal cover most types of housing. Certain types of to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing on the housing are exempt in some circumstances: basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, buildings with four or fewer apartments where the disability, or family status. The Department of Housing owner lives in one of the units, single-family housing and Urban Development handles housing complaints sold or rented without the use of a realtor, housing filed under federal law. If you consider yourself to be operated by organizations or private clubs that limit a victim of housing discrimination, you can file suit in occupancy to members, and (in the case of families Federal court. with children) qualified senior citizen communities.
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