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Fair Housing: It's Your Right

Your legal rights include the right to fair housing.  Fair housing laws state that discrimination in the sale or rental of housing is illegal.  In North Dakota, the classes that are protected by state law include: 

  • race
  • gender
  • age
  • national origin
  • source of income
  • disability
  • religion
  • color
  • marital status
  • presence of children 

 

Who to Contact

The North Dakota Department of Labor—Division of Human Rights is responsible for enforcing the North Dakota Human Rights Act (Chapter 14-02.4) and the North Dakota Housing Discrimination Act (Chapter 14-02.5). This responsibility includes investigating complaints alleging discriminatory practices, educating the public about human rights laws, and studying the nature and extent of discrimination in North Dakota.  In-person complaints can be filed in Fargo on the first Wednesday of each month from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Southeast Human Service Center, 2624 9th Ave. S in Fargo. Please call 1-800-582-8032 to set up an appointment.

Helpful Information

Guide to Landlord/Tenant Rights published by the North Dakota Apartment Association

2010 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, City of Fargo (PDF format)

The Fargo Human Relations Commission is a volunteer board appointed by the City Commission that is charged with encouraging diversity and discouraging discrimination in the community.