The Fair Housing Act (amended) states that no one may discriminate against a person based on, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (families with children), or handicap, when renting or selling a home.
Additionally, in Oregon the following protection categories are also included: source of income, marital status, sexual orientation and gender identity. Also, there are specific rights for survivors of domestic violence.
Corvallis has additional categories of protection: age (if 18 years and older), citizenship status, gender expression, and religious observance.
Effective July 1, 2014, the Oregon Revised Statutes will include new language that prohibits a landlord from refusing to rent to a tenant who wants to use a HUD Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (the tenant still needs to meet the qualifications to rent the dwelling unit).
If you feel that you have been a victim of housing discrimination, you may file a complaint with the following organizations in Oregon:
Fair Housing Council of Oregon
1-800-424-3247 ext 2
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
For questions related to housing discrimination, you may also contact Tracy Oulman in the City of Corvallis Housing and Neighborhood Services Division by phone at 541-766-6552 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.