Fair Housing

Federal Fair Housing Act
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing - related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents ir legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability.

Click here to view more information on your rights under the Fair Housing Act.

State of Hawaii
Chapter 515, HRS, prohibits discriminatory practices by an owner, any person engaging in a real property or real estate transaction, or a real estate broker or salesperson against another person because of a protected basis. Protected basis means race, sex, color, religion, marital status, familial status, ancestry, disability, age or HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection.

What is Prohibited?
In the Sale and Rental of Housing: No one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap:
  • Refuse to rent or sell housing
  • Refuse to negotiate for housing
  • Make housing unavailable
  • Deny a dwelling
  • Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling
  • Provide different housing services or facilities
  • Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental
  • For profit, persuade owners to sell or rent (blockbusting; or
  • Deny anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing
How to File a Complaint
File a Complaint with HUD
Click here to access information on how to file a complaint with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

File a Complaint in Hawaii
For Hawaii, send your complaint to:
Hawaii Civil Rights Commission
830 Punchbowl Street, Room 411
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Ph: (808) 586-8636

Neighbor Islands
Kauai: (808) 274-3141, ext 6-8636
Maui: (808) 984-2400, ext 6-8636
Hawaii: (808) 974-4000, ext 6-8636
Lanai and Molokai: 1-800-468-4644, ext 6-8636
Fax: (808) 586-8655
TDD: (808) 586-8692

Resource Directory
Visit our Resource Directory for more information about Fair Housing and how to contact Federal, State, County, or Non-Profit agencies in Hawaii.