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What is Fair Housing?

Fair housing laws are laws that require that all persons have full and equal opportunity to consider all available housing opportunities.  The City of North Olmsted has a Fair Housing Code that prohibits discrimination in housing, either for rental or sale, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, familial status, age, sexual orientation, national origin, or handicap. The ordinances also prohibit discrimination in lending based on the above listed criteria. The Ohio Revised Code creates additional rights and responsibilities for Ohio landlords and tenants, further information concerning those rights and responsibilities may be found here. Landlord Tenant Law

North Olmsted's Fair Housing Code is found in Chapter 19 of the City of North Olmsted's codified ordinances, which sets out the procedures for the filing and investigation of Fair Housing complaints.

In addition to the City's Code, federal and state laws also prohibit discrimination relating to the rental, sale, and financing of housing on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and handicap.


What is the Fair Housing Review Board?

The Fair Housing Review Board is a five member panel that reviews complaints, holds evidentiary hearings on complaints and issues orders relating to complaints.  The Fair Housing Review Board also conducts events designed to educate residents about their fair housing rights.