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Discrimination in Housing

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photo: children (familial status)The Human Rights Division is responsible for receiving and investigating complaints alleging unlawful housing discrimination under the North Dakota Housing Discrimination Act (N.D.C.C. Chapter 14-02.5). The act prohibits discrimination in the sale or rental of housing because of a person's race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, familial status, national origin, or status with respect to marriage or public assistance. In addition, the North Dakota Housing Discrimination Act permits the North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights to process charges of housing discrimination that do not meet federal jurisdiction. The complaints may include issues related to age, marital status, receipt of public assistance, and status as a victim of domestic violence in certain circumstances.

The North Dakota Housing Discrimination Act was deemed by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to be "substantially equivalent" to the federal Fair Housing Act in September 2000. This status allows the Human Rights Division to contract to conduct investigations for the federal agency. Under the contract, cases filed with either agency, which meet applicable jurisdictional requirements, are filed under both state and federal laws and a single investigation is conducted by the Human Rights Division.

To file a housing discrimination complaint, complete the Housing Discrimination Questionnaire and submit the completed form to the department. The department will draft a formal complaint to be signed by the person filing the complaint. To report noncompliance with housing discrimination laws, complete the Complaint Inquiry form.

If the parties do not settle a complaint and the department determines a discriminatory practice has occurred, the department will provide an administrative hearing, unless a party makes a timely election for civil action in district court.

If you are a housing provider and have questions regarding your rights and responsibilities under housing discrimination laws, please contact us.

Landlord/Tenant Rights Information

Not all housing concerns are related to unlawful housing discrimination.  For information to navigate through general right and responsibilities of renters and housing providers, see the following resources:

  • Tenant Rights Fact Sheet: Created by the ND Office of Attorney General, this two-page publication provided basic information related to the rental of living space.  Topics addressed include: Security Deposits, Rent Increases, Making Repairs, and Eviction. 
  • Landlord and Tenant Rights in North Dakota: Published by the ND Apartment Association,  this booklet contains over 20 pages of information and resources.  Topics include those addressed in the Tenant Rights Fact sheet, as well as Roommates, Landlord Right of Entry, Lease Termination, and Abandoned Property.
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