Discrimination based on race, creed, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, or ancestry, physical or mental disability, marital status, matriculation or sexual orientation is prohibited in the City of DeKalb.
There are three steps you can take if you believe you have been discriminated against while trying to secure housing.
Determine if you have been discriminated against for a reason against the law.
The Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits housing discrimination based on1:
Familial Status (Families with children under 18)
Order of Protection Status
Age (40 and older)
Unfavorable Discharge from the Military Service
Source of Income
Determine if a discriminatory action has been taken against you.
Being denied housing is one but not the only discriminatory action that homebuyers and renters may face. If you are in one of the protected classes listed above, it is illegal in Illinois for property owners, landlords, real estate agents or anyone else involved in a real estate transaction to take the following actions against you:
Refuse to rent or sell housing
Set different terms, conditions or privileges for the sale or rental of housing
Falsely deny the availability of a property
Steer an applicant to another area
Refuse to provide reasonable accommodations or allow a disabled person to make reasonable accommodation to housing
Intimidate, threaten or interfere with anyone making a free housing complaint
File a complaint.
If you believe you have been a victim of housing discrimination, there are resources available to you.
Illinois Department of Human Rights Fair Housing Division File a housing charge of discrimination. In many cases, the investigator assigned to the case is able to help the parties resolve the matter, often within 100 days of the filing.
Prairie State Legal Services is another available resource. This not-for-profit law firm provides free civil legal services to senior citizens and low-income persons in northern and central Illinois, including the City of DeKalb. Housing is one area in which the firm offers services.