People tweeting this weekend with Burlington's hashtag called out a Craigslist rental that listed racial specifications for would-be tenants.
Near church street. No pets White Vermonters only.
Twitter users discussed the legality of setting down these restrictions, with one arguing the owner of the rental property can choose who uses their space, while the original person — who tweeted a photograph of the Craigslist post — said federal law made it illegal to discriminate. A link provided in the thread on Twitter indicated Craigslist had flagged the post for removal. Burlington Free Press is dedicated to bringing you stories about the fairness and inclusiveness of our community.
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Discrimination based on national origin, color, race, religion and sex are illegal under the national Fair Housing Act. This law took effect as part of the Civil Rights Act of Familial status and disability were incorporated as protected 20 years later. Housing providers cannot discriminate across thesewhether they are selling or renting, according to Vermont Legal Aid's Rental Discrimination Report.
The department of Housing and Urban Development houses the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, an agency that investigates complaints including :. Active efforts to address housing discrimination, according to the state of Vermont's website, include the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing, which is conducted every five years "to identify barriers to fair housing choice in Vermont and recommend actions to overcome them.
In Vermont, is illegal in the state for a landlord to discriminate based on race, according to the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity.
There are a couple instances where the state's housing discrimination law doesn't apply, according to CVOEO. These include:.
You can reach out to a of resources if you feel like you have experienced housing discrimination. Contact Maleeha Syed at mzsyed freepressmedia. Follow her on Twitter MaleehaSyed Facebook Twitter .
Craigslist post calls for 'White Vermonters only': Is this legal? Maleeha Syed Burlington Free Press.
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