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Fair Housing

 

As a current or prospective homeowner or renter, it is important to know that you are protected against unlawful discrimination. Federal and state Fair Housing laws make it illegal to discriminate against people when renting or purchasing a unit based on any of the following:

  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Color
  • Disability
  • Family status (families with children under 18)
  • Genetic information
  • Marital status
  • National origin
  • Race
  • Gender Identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Public assistance Recipient (e.g., Section 8 voucher holder or MRVP voucher holder)
  • Children relating to a home with Lead Paint

If you believe you have been a victim of housing discrimination, you may contact the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General's Civil Rights Division at (617) 727-2200 to file a civil rights complaint. In addition, you may file with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination at (617) 994-6000.

If you are unsure, the Town of Westwood's Housing & Zoning Agent is available to discuss your questions and help you understand your rights. You can call Sarah Bouchard at 781-251-2598 or visit 50 Carby Street during business hours. 

 

Important Resources 

Massachusetts Landlord and Tenant Laws

United States Department of Justice Fair Housing Act

Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination