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Compliance - Fair Housing

Where you live affects every part of your life. It will determine where you sleep, where you work, and where your children will go to school. If you are prevented from living in the neighborhood you choose because of discrimination, report it. Illegal practices hurt everyone.  Do you think you may have been discriminated against?  See below for examples of housing discrimination and contact us if you believe there is a problem.


ANNOUNCEMENT:

Community Legal Aid, Stark County Fair Housing and City of Canton Fair Housing Present a...

 

Fair Housing is NOT an option - It’s the LAW!
Stark County Fair Housing and City of Canton Fair Housing are joining forces with Community Legal Aid to bring you a free workshop addressing housing issues that impact Stark County.

Special guest speaker Spencer Wells, Tenant Outreach Director with COHHIO in Columbus, Ohio will use the Landlord-Tenant & Fair Housing laws to educate the attendees and offer information to preserve affordable housing in our community. Housing professionals, Landlords, and Tenants are encouraged to attend!

Topics that will be covered:
• Ohio Landlord Tenant Laws Landlord Obligations, Tenant Obligations, Housing Conditions, Rent Withholding, Etc.
• Federal Fair Housing Laws Disability Rights, Reasonable Accommodation/Modification, Etc.

Light refreshments will be provided!

Fair Housing . . . Is the Law!
Stark County District Library McKinley Room—1st Floor
715 Market Avenue N
Canton, OH 44702

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Have you been discriminated against?

The law prohibits discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin, gender, ancestry, disability, military status, or familial status.

Examples of discrimination could include any of the following:

  • Refusing to sell or rent housing
  • "Steering" of tenants by landlords to or from certain areas of a housing complex
  • Falsely denying that housing is available
  • Discrimination in the terms/conditions of housing (rent, security deposits, use of facilities, etc.)
  • Discriminatory advertising
  • Use of threats, intimidation, or coercion

If you feel you are being discriminated against, the City of Canton's Fair Housing Division can help you through one of the following FREE programs and services:

  • Community awareness programs
  • Fair Housing presentations, workshops, and seminars
  • Investigations of housing and discrimination claims
  • Assistance to victims of housing discrimination
  • Educational materials that inform both tenants and landlords of their rights and responsibilities under federal, state, and city Fair Housing laws
  • Conciliation and mediation sessions

Not sure if you are being discriminated against? Here are some common examples of Housing Discrimination that you should look out for:

  • The owner or manager refuses to tell you why the unit is not available
  • The rent or deposit is higher than advertised
  • The manager says the unit is rented, but the "For Rent" sign is still posted
  • The manager tells you, "You won't like it here, there's no place for your kids to play."
  • The manager says there are occupancy limits that seem strange, such as three people in a two-bedroom unit
  • The manager asks about your marital status, race, the nature of your disability, or your national origin
  • Your application is refused without explanation

To make sure you have everything you might need during an investigation, always be sure to write down the following information when you are looking for an apartment or house:

  • The name of the manager or agent
  • The address of the building
  • The apartment number
  • The number of bedrooms
  • Personal information requested of you
  • Any information that you volunteered
  • The requirements for occupancy
  • When the unit will become available
  • How you found out about the apartment or house
  • Amount of rent and deposit

If you feel you have been discriminated against, contact:

Fair Housing Assistance Program

Canton City Hall 
218 Cleveland Avenue SW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 438-4133
Fax: (330) 580-2070

Remember...Fair Housing is not an option, it's the Law!

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