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The Fair Housing Act is a federal law which protects tenants from discrimination against their race, color, national origin, religion/creed, sex/gender, presence of children, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, and military/veteran status.

In Tacoma, Tacoma Municipal Code (TMC) 1.29.100 “Unlawful discriminatory housing practices” also outlaws discriminatory rental practices.

This includes discriminatory advertising, refusal to rent, charging different prices, placing discriminatory terms or conditions on the rental contract and/or facilities, and other discriminatory actions because of the prospective tenant’s:

  • race

  • color

  • religion

  • sex

  • gender identity

  • sexual orientation

  • familial status

  • honorably discharged veteran or military status

  • marital status

  • age

  • national origin

  • source of income

  • disability

  • pregnancy outcomes  

How to take action

  1. File a Fair Housing Discrimination Complaint with the Office of Equity and Human Rights 

  2. Reach out for more information at or call the Customer Support Center at 311 or (253) 591-5000.

  3. Learn more @ Washington Tenants Union or the City of Tacoma’s Office of Equity and Human Rights.  

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