Media Release

April is Fair Housing Month

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 4:00 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - In celebration of Fair Housing Month in Alachua County, the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office is reminding residents about the County’s Human Rights Ordinance.

The Human Rights Ordinance of Alachua County prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, disability, sex, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or familial status in the sale or rental of housing.

The following are unlawful and discriminatory housing practices because of a protected status:

  • Refusing to sell, rent or lease housing to an interested tenant or buyer
  • Applying different sale, rental, or  occupancy terms for different people
  • Misrepresenting the availability of housing when housing is in fact available
  • Providing inferior conditions, terms, facilities or privileges in connection with housing
  • Steering customers to/from a certain neighborhood, or refusing to serve certain customers by real estate professionals
  • Redlining or limiting lending in a  particular area because of the demographics of that area or imposing different terms or conditions on a loan
  • Refusing to permit reasonable modifications when accommodations may be necessary for an individual with a disability to use and enjoy their dwelling
  • Harassing tenants and homeowners in connection with housing accommodations

For more information or to file a fair housing complaint, contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275. TDD/TTY users, please call 352-374-5284 or 711 FL Relay.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).