Fair Housing Rights Relevant to COVID-19 Pandemic

At this difficult time, we understand that having access to safe, stable housing is more important than ever. If you are concerned about your rights under the fair housing laws during this public health crisis we are here to help. Here is some information about your fair housing rights that may be affected by the pandemic. If you have any further questions about fair housing, please do not hesitate to contact the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center by email info@massfairhousing.org or by phone at 413-539-9796 x 101.

National Origin Discrimination

The state and federal fair housing laws prohibit discrimination based on national origin.

This means:

Read more about discrimination based on national origin.

This information was taken with permission from the Connecticut Fair Housing Center’s Fact Sheet on COVID19 and Fair Housing.

If you suspect that you are being treated differently in any housing transactions based on your National Origin - Contact us at 413-539-9796 x 101 or info@massfairhousing.org.

Disability Discrimination

If you suspect that you are being treated differently in any housing transactions based on COVID-19 or if you have a disability, please contact us at 413-539-9796 x 101 or info@massfairhousing.org.

Hate Crimes

The Massachusetts Fair Housing Center provides representation to victims of hate crimes in housing. If you are the victim of a hate crime in housing, please call the Massachusetts Fair Housing at 413-539-9796, or email us at info@massfairhousing.org.

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office also provides representation to victims of hate crimes. You can file a complaint with their office by calling this hot-line: 1-800-994-3228 or filing a complaint online at https://www.mass.gov/how-to/file-a-civil-rights-complaint.

Survivors of Domestic Violence

We understand that there may be an increase in domestic violence as individuals are urged to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Massachusetts Fair Housing Center provides representation to victims of domestic violence to enforce their fair housing rights to break a lease, change a lock, obtain an emergency transfer or prevent an eviction.

If you have any questions about your housing rights as a victim of domestic violence, please contact the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center at 413-539-9796, or email us at info@massfairhousing.org.

To learn more about your legal rights as a victim of domestic violence in Massachusetts: Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking prepared by Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Greater Boston Legal Services, Jane Doe Inc. and Victim Rights Law Center.