Idaho Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in real estate transactions which is based on: race, sex, national origin, color, religion, and disability.
Idaho Law Applies To All Real Estate Transactions, Including:
- Selling, and
What Housing Is Covered?
The Idaho Law covers most housing, including single rentals, houses, and duplexes. An exemption is made for an owner occupied duplex.
Who Is Covered?
- Advertising Media
- Apartment Housing Agents and Managers
- Banks, Savings and Loan Associations, Mortgage Lenders Or Other Financial Institutions
- Developers and Owners
- Home Builders
- Individual Home Owners
- Rental Agents
- Real Estate Brokers
- Real Estate Salesperson
Discrimination Can Occur:
- When an owner or manager, broker, or salesperson or anyone else, refuses to show or submit offers for property, or otherwise interferes with, or discourages a transaction, or
- When any form of advertisement indicates a preference for or limitation on particular groups, or
- When a person to whom an application for financing is made limits access to financing because the applicant is a minority or has a disability, or
- When a person for the purpose of trying to induce a real estate transaction, indicates that the minority composition of the surrounding area is changing or is about to change.
- When a renter is not allowed to install a wheelchair ramp, or other type of reasonable accommodations that would permit accessibility for the person with a disability, ath his/her own expense, eventhough he/she promises to remove it when he/she leaves.
When Do I File A Charge?
A charge must be filed with the Idaho Human Rights Commission within one year of the incident date of harm. The Commission can act promptly to verify many kinds of discrimination in these situations and to get relief for the person subjected to such acts.
How To File A Charge Of Housing Discrimination:
If you believe that your housing rights have been violated, you may write a letter or telephone the Human Rights Commission at: Contact the Commission
Federal Law prohibits certain forms of housing discrimination. The Commission can refer you to the nearest H.U.D. office, if appropriate.
Retaliation against an individual who has engaged in a protected activity is unlawful. "Protected activity" means opposing conduct which a person, in good faith, reasonably believes to be unlawful under the anti-discrimination statutes or participating in Commission proceedings, which are set up for the enforcement of the anti-discrimination statutes.