Housing discrimination still legal in VA?

February 03, 2010
Housing discrimination holdovers from the 1960s remain on the books in Virginia, and there's legislation in the works to change that. Amy Nelson, director of systemic investigations and enforcement for the group Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, says property owners with three or fewer single-family homes are currently exempt from most of the anti-discrimination provisions of Virginia's Fair Housing laws.
     Therefore, she says, it is still technically legal for them to discriminate against potential renters or buyers based on sex, religion, national origin, age, or having children or a disability.
     "Somebody could say, 'I'm not going to rent to you because you have kids,' or 'because you're Hispanic,' or 'because you are white.' They could legally do that, in this exempt type of property."