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Fair Housing Complaint Procedure

Housing Discrimination is prohibited by Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and by the North Carolina State Fair Housing Act. It is against the law to deny someone housing because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap or family status (presence of children). This includes refusing to sell, rent or lease housing; lying about the availability of housing; and evicting someone from housing. Also, it is against the law to discriminate in terms or conditions of housing, such as rent, security deposits, sale prices and financing.

In an effort to promote fair housing and to ensure that the rights of housing discrimination victims are protected, Henderson County has adopted the following procedures for receiving and resolving discrimination complaints:

Any person or persons wishing to file a complaint of housing discrimination in Henderson County may do so by informing the Housing Planner of the facts and circumstances of the alleged discriminatory acts or practice.

Upon receiving a housing discrimination complaint, the Housing Planner shall acknowledge the complaint within ten (10) business days in writing and inform the North Carolina Human Relations Commission about the complaint.

The Housing Planner shall then offer assistance to the Commission in the investigation and reconciliation of all housing discrimination complaints which are based on events occurring in the county.

In addition, you may contact the North Carolina Human Relations Commission at (919) 733-7996.