Housing Discrimination Information

Hammond city ordinance prohibits discrimination in housing based on:

  • Race
  • Ancestry
  • Color
  • Place of Birth
  • Sex
  • Handicap
  • Religion
  • Familial Status
  • National Origin
  • Title VIII (as amended) prohibits discrimination in housing based on:
  • Race
  • National Origin
  • Color
  • Handicap
  • Sex
  • Familial Status
  • Religion

It is unlawful to:

  • Refuse to receive or transmit all offers to purchase or rent.
  • Refuse to sell, rent, lease or exchange property.
  • Deny any services or facilities relating to real property transactions.
  • Represent that real property is not available for inspection, sale or rental when in fact it is.
  • Take or hold a listing with the understanding that the seller plans to discriminate.
  • Discriminate in the terms or conditions of sale or rental.
  • Engage in panic-selling to represent that the racial composition of a neighborhood is going to change, or that property values will lower or make similar false and misleading statements.
  • Coerce, threaten or intimidate a person in the exercise or enjoyment of his/her rights in the purchase or rental of housing.

What Housing is Covered?

  • All real property (homes, apartments, lots, etc.) rented or sold with or without a real estate broker.
  • Real Property sold at auction.
  • All apartments rented, regardless of the number of units in one building.
  • All individual single family homes sold or rented directly by an individual owner.
  • Board and rooming houses in which the owner resides.

Who is Covered?

  • Advertising Media
  • Apartment Housing Agents and Managers
  • Banks, Savings and Loan Associations, Mortgage Lenders or other Financial Institutions.
  • Condominium Developers or Owners
  • Contractors
  • Developers
  • Home Builders
  • Individual Home Owners
  • Landlords (Residential & Commercial)
  • Landowners (Residential & Commercial)
  • Rental Agents
  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Real Estate Salespersons
  • Insurance Providers
  • Tenants

Recourse and Remedies

If you believe that any one or more of your rights have been violated under the Fair Housing Laws contact:

Hammond Human Relations Commission
5925 Calumet Avenue, Room 320
Hammond, Indiana 46320
Phone (219)853-6502
Fax (219)853-6538
Weekdays 8:30am to 4:30pm