Equal Housing rights are guaranteed to families with children. Discrimination against families with children is illegal in every state in the nation. The 1988 Federal Fair Housing Act and the Montana Human Rights Act prohibit housing discrimination against families with children under the age of 18. Families cannot be denied the housing of their choice simply because they have children.
The Law Protects:
Housing discrimination is also prohibited on the basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Religion, Creed, Physical or Mental Disability, Gender (including Sexual Harassment), Marital Status and Age.
Landlords, property managers, or real estate agents generally will not directly state, "we don't accept children" or " there are no kids allowed." Discrimination against families with children is subtle.
The agent may simply refuse to rent to families or tell them the housing is not available when it is. They may refuse to sell, rent or even deal with a person because they have children or they may advertise or indicate the housing is available for only certain people (adults only).
There may be attempts to discourage families by changing the terms, conditions, services and facilities. For example, different rules, charging additional fees, or applying more burdensome rental criteria, larger deposits, increased water charges, or higher rent based on the number of people or children in a family.
There may be attempts to impose occupancy standards that prevent children from residing in a development or steer families with children away from adult only areas. All of these practices are illegal. These practices promote segregation and disrupt the housing market.
If you don't report housing discrimination it can't be stopped. Retaliation, harassment, intimidation or interfering with a person who is exercising their rights to equal housing is against the law.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry
Human Rights Bureau
PO Box 1728
Helena MT 59624-1728
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
Denver Regional Office
First Interstate Tower North
633 17th Street
Denver CO 80202-3607