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Equal Opportunity Housing refers to the idea that all persons should be granted “equal opportunities” when it comes to renting or purchasing real property. This is usually in reference to anti-discrimination policies and laws set forth by state and federal governments. The term is often used in connection with the phrase “Fair Housing”.

An example of an equal opportunity housing law is the Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal for persons to discriminate against renters or buyers based on their:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • National Origin
  • Sex
  • Familial Status
  • Disability

Thus, violations of such laws can lead to legal penalties. These types of claims are known as housing discrimination claims.