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Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity

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Gilbert is committed to affirmatively furthering fair housing and ensuring that all persons are given equal access to housing and housing services. In order to preserve and defend our freedom of choice as to where we want to live, we must ensure that this same freedom exists for everyone.

What is Fair Housing?

The right to pursue the housing of your choice is protected by Federal and State Fair Housing Laws. It is illegal to discriminate in the sale, rental, lease, and financing of housing or land to be used for the construction of housing or in the provision of brokerage services on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.

Discrimination can be obvious and easily recognized in the following forms:

  • Refusing to show, sell or rent
  • Refusing to negotiate the sales price of a home
  • Charging more to buy, rent or asking for a larger security deposit
  • Insisting that you live in the family area of the rental complex
  • Refusing to make physical modifications to the building for handicapped accommodations or refusing to allow an assistive animal or handicapped parking
  • Allowing unlawful bias to effect the appraisal of a property

Discrimination can be subtle or apologetic in the following forms:

  • Asking questions that belittle you
  • Implying that they cannot help you or suggest that you work with someone else
  • Refusing to give you services they appear to be giving others
  • Not calling you back or taking a long time to process your file

Housing professionals subject to fair housing laws include:

  • Real estate firms
  • Leasing agents
  • Home builders
  • Apartment owners
  • Mobile home dealers
  • Title companies
  • Appraisers
  • Insurance providers

Complaint Process

If you feel you have been discriminated against, please contact the following for assistance

Arizona Attorney General's Office
Civil Rights Division
1275 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007
602.542.5263
602.542.5002 (TDD)
877.491.5742 (toll free)
877.624.8090 (toll free TDD)

File a complaint online 

Fair Housing in the Town of Gilbert

Gilbert has created a fair housing plan to identify fair housing issues in Gilbert and propose actions to address these issues. Gilbert's 2010-2015 fair housing plan, called an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.

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