Fair Housing

Picture of HUD’s Fair Housing Door Exhibit in Honor of 50 Years of Fair Housing

Fair Housing Trainings

All trainings completed in partnership with the Fair Housing Council of Oregon.


Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 5 - 8 p.m.

Beaverton Main Library (Meeting Room B), 12375 SW Fifth Ave. Beaverton 97005

Dinner provided & interpretation available by request.

This training will help you understand how to comply with federal, state and local fair housing laws, and the recently passed Rent Control law. The session will also help you expand the pool of potential tenants by providing an overview of the Section 8 Housing Choice program.

 To RSVP or request interpretation, email evanvleet@BeavertonOregon.gov or call 503-526-3739.

Renter Rights Training (facilitated in Arabic and English)

Saturday, November 16, 2019 | 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Conestoga Recreation Center (Room 202), 9985 SW 125th Ave. Beaverton, OR 97008

Lunch, childcare, and Arabic speaking facilitators available!  This training will help renters understand their rights to Fair Housing and what to do if these rights are violated.

To RSVP, contact Eman Abbas at emanabbasus@gmail.com or 971-712-8709. 

Renter Rights Training (facilitated in English)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | 6 – 8 p.m.

Beaverton City Library (Meeting Rooms A&B), 12375 SW 5th St. Beaverton OR 97005

Dinner and childcare provided. Interpretation available by request. This training will help renters understand their rights to Fair Housing and what to do if these rights are violated.

To RSVP or request interpretation, contact Emily Van Vleet at evanvleet@BeavertonOregon.gov or 503-526-3739.

Fair Housing Act

The Basic Rule of Fair Housing: "In most housing transactions, it is against the law to discriminate on the basis of any 'protected class.' That means housing discrimination is illegal when a person is treated differently because they are a member of a protected group or class of people covered by fair housing laws."

If a household can otherwise qualify for a housing unit, loan, insurance, or most other housing-related transactions, then the law states that they will have equal access to that transaction and cannot be denied access based on their status as a protected class. The purpose of the law is to ensure equal access to housing of choice.

Protected Classes

All Americans are provided protection under the federal Fair Housing Act. This law is meant to ensure that no person be denied housing because of their:

  • Color
  • Disability
  • Familial status
  • National origin
  • Race
  • Sex

Extra Protections

The State of Oregon and the City of Beaverton have added extra protections which state that persons cannot be denied housing because of their:

  • Age
  • Gender identity
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Sexual orientation
  • Source of income

What is Prohibited?

In the sale and rental of housing

No one may take any of the following actions based on the protected classes listed above:

  • Refuse to rent or sell housing
  • Refuse to negotiate for housing
  • Make housing unavailable
  • Deny a dwelling
  • Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling
  • Provide different housing services or facilities
  • Falsely deny housing is available for inspection, sale or rental
  • For profit, persuade owners to sell or rent (blockbusting), or
  • Deny anoyone access to, or membership in, a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing.

In mortgage lending

No one may take any of the following actions based on the protected classes listed above:

  • Refuse to make a mortgage loan
  • Refuse to provide information regarding loans
  • Impose different terms or conditions on a loan, such as different interest rates, points or fees
  • Discriminate in appraising property
  • Refuse to purchase a loan, or
  • Ser different terms or conditions for purchasing a loan.

In Addition - It is illegal for anyone to:

  • Threaten, coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise that right
  • Advertise or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on protected class. (This prohibition against discriminatory advertising applies to single-family and owner-occupied housing that is otherwise exempt from the Fair Housing Act.)

Additional protection for people with disabilities

A housing provider may not:

  • Refuse to let a tenant make reasonable modifications to a dwelling or common use areas, at the tenant's expense, if necessary for the tenant to use the housing. (Where reasonable, the housing provider may permit changes only if the tenant agrees to restore the property to its original condition when he/she moves.)
  • Refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services if necessary for the tenant to use the housing.

If you believe that you have suffered any type of housing discrimination, please call the Fair Housing Council of Oregon at 503-223-8295. All calls are confidential and can be anonymous.