State Form Number (SFN) 52229
Housing Discrimination Intake Questionnaire
- SFN 52229 Form (pdf)
Instructions for SFN 52229
If you believe that you have been unlawfully discriminated against regarding your housing rights and would like the North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights' assistance, you may complete and return the Housing Discrimination Intake Questionnaire. The intake questionnaire provides the department with information to determine if your concerns fall within the scope of our authority. The department is able to accept complaints of unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, familial status, national origin, status with respect to marriage, or status with respect to the receipt of public assistance. This means actions that are "because of" one or more these factors can be addressed.
Please answer the items on the questionnaire completely and specifically so that we can fully assess your situation. Please type or write your answers legibly, using additional paper if necessary. Incomplete questionnaires will be returned for completion. Copies of any records or documents you have that support your claim should also be submitted with the completed questionnaire.
If the department determines that it does have a legal basis to proceed, it will generate a formal complaint, which will be mailed to you. You will be asked to review the complaint, sign it, and return it to the Department of Labor and Human Rights. Upon receipt of the signed complaint, the department will dual-file the complaint with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This is done under the Department of Labor and Human Rights' cooperative agreement with HUD, which establishes that the department will investigate complaints of housing discrimination for the federal agency.
If the department determines that it does not have a legal basis to proceed, you will be notified in writing and given the opportunity to provide further information if available. Please be advised that there are many acts that may seem unfair that do not constitute unlawful housing discrimination.
Timeliness is important when filing your concerns. There is a one-year time limitation, from the date of the alleged discriminatory act, within which the signed formal complaint must be returned to the department. Keep in mind that the intake questionnaire must be submitted in time to allow the department to assess the initial information, acquire any additional information necessary, and process a formal complaint before the one-year time limit expires.