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Fair Housing "It's Your Right"

From this page you can find information about both Federal and State of Louisiana fair housing laws. Along with the information on how to file a complaint, complaint forms, and links to Federal and State sites with more information.

Summary

The Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, prohibit discrimination against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin in the sale, rental, leasing, financing and advertising of housing, or in the prevention of real estate brokerage services; and the practice generally known as "block busting" is also illegal.

The Louisiana Open Housing Act (La. R.S. 51:2601, et seq.) has been deemed substantially equivalent with the Federal Fair Housing Act. Administration and enforcement of the Act is by the Louisiana Department of Justice, which may receive complaints directly from individual citizens or by referral from HUD.

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) summary

Information Description
What Is Prohibited? Summary of prohibitions under the Louisiana Open Housing Act.
Online Complaint Form External web link not maintained by City of Baton Rouge To file a online complaint with HUD. Note:  This will take you to HUDs Internet site. Remember to click your back button to get back to this page.
Fair Housing Brochure This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com A copy of HUD's Brochure describing the law and complaint process.
Complaint Form This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com HUD's Complaint form.

Additional Information

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) External web link not maintained by City of Baton Rouge
For other HUD listed Consumer Protection links External web link not maintained by City of Baton Rouge
Hotline (toll free) 1-800-669-9777 
TDD 1-800-927-9275

Louisiana Department of Justice:
(toll free) 1-800-273-5718
or (225) 326-6400
 
HUD
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Room 5204, 451 Seventh Street SW
Washington, DC 20410-2000

State
Louisiana Department of Justice
Louisiana Attorney General's Site External web link not maintained by City of Baton Rouge
Louisiana Department of Justice
Public Protection Division
P.O. Box 94095
Baton Rouge, LA
70804-9095

To Submit a Complaint

If you write to HUD or the State, you can submit a complaint form or write a letter containing the following information.

  • Your name and address
  • The name and address of the person your complaint is about
  • The address of the house or apartment you were trying to rent or buy
  • The date when this incident occurred
  • A short description of what happened

For questions regarding fair housing laws or if you wish to have a representative from the State Attorney General's Office speak to your organization call 1-800-273-5718.

If you can not print a copy of the complaint form from your computer, the City-Parish Office of Community Development will provide you with a blank copy of the form and instructions. HUD's Brochure "Fair Housing - It's Your Right" is also available from our office. The Office of Community Development does not file complaints for individuals. Our assistance is available to explain the forms, instructions, and how to send them. You can call us at (225) 389-3039, or write to us at:

 

Equal Housing Oppurtunity The Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity logo is commonly accepted as the symbol demonstrating support and compliance with the law. You may copy and freely use the symbol to the left on your web site or printed materials. To do so simply right click the symbol and choose the "save as" option to save it to your computer.