Consumer Advisory: Do you know fair housing in Colorado?
DENVER -- (March 7, 2018) -- The housing market in metro Denver, and all across Colorado, is tight. If you find yourself looking for a new place to rent, lease or buy in this crowded and competitive market, be sure that you know your civil rights as it relates to housing.
The Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD), which investigates charges of discrimination related to housing, employment and public accomodations, recognizes National Consumer Protection Week with this reminder: In Colorado, discrimination based on a person’s protected class(es) is illegal in housing. The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA) prohibits housing providers, property managers, homeowners associations, real estate developers, housing lenders and any other businesses or persons involved in housing transactions from engaging in unfair housing practices.
CADA defines protected classes, and with housing specifically, these include: Race, Color, Disability (mental and physical), Sex, Sexual Orientation (including Transgender Status), National Origin/ Ancestry, Religion, Creed, Marital Status, and Familial Status (families with children under the age of 18 and/or pregnant women). People are also protected from retaliation for engaging in protected activity.
Should you find yourself in a situation where you believe that you are being discriminated against based on a protected class, file a complaint. You can start the filing process online through our CaseConnect webportal. Before you file, take note of filing deadlines.
For more information about your civil rights and CCRD, visit askdora.colorado.gov.
Find more consumer tips and resources during National Consumer Protection Week by following #NCPW18 and #GetWiseCO.
The Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD), a division of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), investigates charges of discrimination in the areas of housing, employment and public accomodations. Any person who believes that they have been discriminated against based on their protected class(es) in any of the three areas within the CCRD’s jurisdiction may file a complaint with the CCRD. Visit dora.colorado.gov/crd for more information.