FAIR HOUSING ACT
The South Carolina Fair Housing Law makes it illegal to discriminate in housing. Apartments, houses, mobile homes and even vacant lots to be used for housing, are covered by the Fair Housing Law. With a few exceptions, anyone who has control over residential property and real estate financing must obey the law. This includes rental managers, property owners, real estate agents, landlords, banks, developers, builders and individual homeowners who are selling or renting their property.
Laurens County supports the Fair Housing Act that prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of dwellings based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability. It is customary for the Laurens County Council to approve on a yearly basis, a Resolution declaring April as "Fair Housing Month".
Those wishing to file complaints can submit documentation to the Laurens County Office of Administration 864-984-5214; Monday - Friday / 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
For more information about the Fair Housing Act, call the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) hotline at 1-800-669-9777 or visit www.hud.gov/fairhousing .