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Fair Housing Laws in Arizona

Arizona’s fair housing laws are equivalent to the federal ones.

All U.S. states must offer the basic protections outlined in the federal Fair Housing Act. Many states have also passed their own local laws that shield additional groups from housing discrimination. (In California, for instance, it’s illegal to treat renters differently based on their sexual orientation or primary language.)

This is not the case in Arizona. Although Arizona did pass its own statewide Fair Housing Act1, it is considered “substantially equivalent” to its federal counterpart.

Some cities protect additional groups from discrimination

In some Arizona cities, local ordinances do protect additional classes from housing discrimination. In Phoenix, for instance, it is illegal to deny someone housing based on gender identity or expression or sexual orientation.2

Complaints can be filed on the state or federal level

Under the Arizona Fair Housing Act, an individual who believes they have been discriminated against can file a complaint with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. Under the federal Fair Housing Act, they can also file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

[1] Arizona Fair Housing Act, 41-1491

[2] 18-11.16

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