Race and National Origin
It is always illegal for a landlord, agent, home seller, or realtor to discriminate based on race, color and/or national origin (ancestry). There is no exemption for owner-occupied duplexes. In addition to the Federal Fair Housing Act, there are independent federal and state laws that prohibit housing discrimination based on race, color and/or national origin in all types of public and private housing.
Approximately 10% of the housing discrimination complaints received by the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center are based on race and/or national origin. Our service area, which includes five counties and the cities of Springfield and Holyoke, Massachusetts, is highly segregated. A 2010 study revealed that the schools in the Greater Springfield area are among the most segregated in the country for Latino and Black students. This entrenched residential segregation indicates that housing discrimination plays a major role in restricting housing opportunities based on race and national origin.