THE CORONAVIRUS ISN’T AN EXCUSE TO DISCRIMINATE
With growing concerns regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Fair Housing Council would like to inform consumers that the Fair Housing Act can apply to neighbor-on-neighbor harassment.
Your neighbor cannot engage in conduct designed to threaten, coerce, intimidate, harass, or interfere with your right to peaceful enjoyment of your home because of your race, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, birthplace, or primary language.
Examples of unlawful actions by your neighbor can include:
• painting graffiti, slurs, or threats to harm you on your home or property,
• yelling racial, ethnic, or religious slurs at you,
• telling you to go back to your own country,
• threatening to report you to the police or immigration authorities, and
• preventing you from accessing your home or property.
In addition, if you live in an apartment complex, the property owner and manager have a duty to take prompt action to correct and end the harassment of one tenant by another when that harassment is motivated by the race, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, birthplace, or primary language of that person.
If you have experienced this type of discrimination, contact our office at (210) 733-3247.
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