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The City of Racine is committed to affirmatively furthering
fair housing and complying with state and federal fair housing laws.
The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because
of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, lawful source of
income, status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, or stalking, sexual
orientation, marital status, age, ancestry and the presence of children.
Fair Housing within the City of Racine Department of City Development
provides fair housing (anti-discrimination) investigative and enforcement
services. Fair Housing also conducts
educational seminars for housing consumers and members of the housing
Racine WI Fair Housing Brochure
If you believe you have experienced discrimination based on
a U.S. or Wisconsin protected class, Wisconsin Fair Housing Law please contact the City of Racine Department of City Development for help. You have rights to housing rights regardless
of your family status Family Status Fact Sheet.
Signs of housing discrimination include:
It is legal
for a landlord to refuse to rent to an applicant with:
Other housing issues:
and health violations: City of Racine Health Department (Environmental
Health): For City of Racine properties. For properties outside City boundaries,
contact your local building inspector.
Housing choice vouchers and public housing: Housing Authority of Racine County
Eviction legal help: Legal
Action of Wisconsin Legal help for income-qualified clients
rental laws: Legal Action of Wisconsin Tenant
Sourcebook or the Tenant Resource Center Guidance on Wisconsin rental laws
Racine County small claims court: Court process for types of disputes
such as: security deposits, roommate rent recovery, or other rental charges and Civil/Small Claims Court contact information
10 tenant tips
All landlords, from those renting out a single house or duplex, to large multi-family apartment managers need to be aware of Wisconsin and U.S. Fair Housing Law. Fair housing covers everything from advertising and showing a rental unit until after the
lease has been completed. Call Fair Housing in the Department of City
Development if you have any questions related to fair housing or would like training for a group.
In the Sale and Rental of Housing: No one may take any of the following actions based on membership of
a protected class:
Fair housing best practices for landlords
Fair housing tips for landlords: American Bar Association
Other housing issues
Landlord guide: Wisconsin Way Guide for Landlords and Tenants
Evictions and Small Claims in Racine County: http://clerkofcircuitcourt.racineco.com/courtdivisions/eviction.aspx Civil/Small Claims Court contact information http://clerkofcircuitcourt.racineco.com/Contact/DivCivil.aspx
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