Can a violation of the fair housing law affect a real estate broker's or salesman's license?

Asked by Trulia Chicago, Chicago, IL Mon Nov 12, 2012

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Manuel Brown, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon Nov 12, 2012
States have strict laws prohibiting discrimination in housing by real estate professionals. If you should encounter any type of discrimination from a real estate professional and your are in the state of Illinois, contact the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations and file a formal complaint. If the real estate professional is a Realtor, you can also file a complaint the the agent or brokers association because the Realtor will be in violation of our code of ethics. If a real east professional is found guilty of such a tasteless act his/her license will be in jeopardy and hopefully suspended as it should be.
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Maria Cipoll…, Agent, Coral Springs, FL
Mon Nov 12, 2012
Discrimination in housing is both illegal and bad business practice and definitely will affect the real estate broker and salesperson.

Best of Luck,

Maria Cipollone

Century 21 Tenace
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Suzanne MacD…, Agent, Morristown, NJ
Mon Nov 12, 2012
Sure can, what, specifically is the violation? Here in New Jersey we are very aware of the rules and the fact that the Real Estate Commission, from time to time, sends people out posing as buyers, sellers and renters to make sure licensed agents and brokers comply with the law. I even had a landlord tell me flatly that he could not work with a realtor because he planned on discriminating. I thanked him for his candor and got out of there quick!
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David Hanna, Agent, Chicago, IL
Tue Nov 13, 2012
Yes is the short answer. It is rare for a broker to intentionally violate fair housing laws, but ignorance is not a defense, nor is the unintentional endorsement of the action of an owner/client.
The best thing any Realtor can do is walk away if a client makes any statement or action that appears in fact or nuance to be discriminatory.
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allan erps,A…, Agent, Pearl River, NY
Tue Nov 13, 2012
Certainly can, could be goodbye to license!
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Carmen Brode…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Tue Nov 13, 2012
Yes definitely. Brokers must follow all fair housing laws in Arizona.
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Joan Lorberb…, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Tue Nov 13, 2012
Absolutely! If you think your rights have been violated then a complaint of violation of the Fair Housing Act (for the sale and rental of housing as well as mortgage lending) may be made with state licensing authorities and most definitely with HUD.…
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Kawain Payne, Agent, Seal Beach, CA
Mon Nov 12, 2012
Violating any law can affect the license of a slae person/broker.

Kawain Payne
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Sohail Salah…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon Nov 12, 2012
Definitely! Any violation in the fair housing laws can affect a licensee.

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Matt Laricy, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon Nov 12, 2012
Of course it can. Why wouldnt it?
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Pacita Dimac…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Mon Nov 12, 2012
You better believe it.

It also helps for people to go through diversity training so that they can see not only from a legal standpoint but also from a sensitivity to and respect for people's differences in terms of culture, race, religion. age, physical challenges, etc.
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Terri Vellios, Agent, Campbell, CA
Mon Nov 12, 2012

Of course. See the handbook link above.
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