Fair Housing Information for Housing Providers

All Realtors and persons who operate or manage a dwelling in Shaker Heights with more than four units are required to post the Fair Housing notice (search "Section 515.05" in Codified Ordinances) in their place of business. In addition, housing providers - including apartment owners and condominium associations - must make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities (such as allowing service animals even if they violate a no-pet policy), and to allow a person with a disability to make physical alterations to housing at the person’s expense.

Discrimination Laws

It is unlawful for a person, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, handicap, ancestry, sexual orientation, or gender identity to:

  • Coerce, intimidate, threaten or interfere with anyone exercising or encouraging others to exercise rights granted under the ordinances of the City of Shaker Heights or the Federal Fair Housing Act
  • Deny anyone the use of real estate services, such as a broker or multiple listing service
  • Deny or make different terms for home loans provided by commercial lenders, such as banks, savings and loan associations, or insurance companies
  • Discriminate in the terms or conditions for buying or renting a house or apartment
  • Make, print, publish or post statements or advertisements that a house or apartment is available only to persons of a certain race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, or handicap
  • Persuade or attempt to persuade people, for profit, to sell or rent their houses or apartments by representing that minority groups are moving in the area - this conduct is commonly known as "blockbusting"
  • Refuse to sell, rent, or to negotiate for the sale or rental of a house or an apartment or otherwise to make housing unavailable
  • Represent a house or apartment as unavailable when, in fact, it is available