No person shall be discriminated against based on sex, race, age, disability, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, familial status or any other protected class. The Company policy prohibits discrimination in either hiring or firing of personnel based on sex, race, age, disability, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, familial status or any other protected class.
RE/MAX Around Atlanta believes that fair housing policies are not just the law of the land but simply the right thing to do. The Company maintains a strong policy upholding all federal and state fair housing laws and Article 10 of the REALTOR Code of Ethics, including review and adherence to NAR’s Fair Housing Declaration. Associates agree to comply with all applicable federal, state and local fair housing laws. Among the prohibited practices which are against this policy and the law are:
Violating the FHA could get you into serious legal trouble and cost you thousands of dollars. Here are some common fair housing mistakes you’ll also want to be aware of:
If in Doubt:
Should an Associate be accused of discrimination, the Broker will investigate. If the investigation confirms the accusation, the Associate’s actions will be reported to the Georgia Real Estate Commission for further investigation and necessary action. A basic premise to which the Company and its Associates subscribe is that individuals with similar financial resources and interests in the same housing market area have a like range of housing choices available to them regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, handicap, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or any other protected class, and that information and service will be made available to enable all clients and customers of our Company to have free choice in housing opportunities.
A landlord could face large fines if they are found guilty of a violation. Cases tried before a HUD Administrative Law Judge could result in penalties of up to $21,000 for a first violation. For subsequent violations, the fine increases up to a maximum penalty of $105,194. In addition to the administrative penalties, you may also be liable for paying damages and attorney’s fees to someone who has experienced housing discrimination.