If I believe that I have been discriminated against, what can I do?
Persons who believe that they were denied access to equal housing opportunity can file a fair housing complaint on the federal level with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), on the state level with the MA Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), and on the local level if your municipality has a fair housing or human rights commission. You could also choose to sue in state or federal court.
Does it make a difference if I file a complaint with a government agency or the courts?
If you file an administrative complaint through HUD, MCAD or a municipal commission, you do not need an attorney or to pay filing fees. You have a year or less depending on which agency you use to file your complaint. In court, you have 2 years or less to file a complaint depending whether it is on the federal or state level. There will be filing fees and it is advisable that you have an attorney to represent you.
Does if make a difference if I file on the federal, state or local government level?
The federal, state and local governments have differences in the covered protected classes as well as scoping and coverage provisions. There are also differences in design & construction accessibility requirements. A complaint should be filed with the government agency that covers you as a protected class member and/or has the highest level of protection for your particular situation.
Can I get more information on my fair housing rights from Metro Housing|Boston?
You can contact the Fair Housing Manager at 617.425.6681. He/she will discuss with you, your protections under both the state and federal fair housing laws. He/she also can assist you on where best to file a complaint.
What is the contact information so I can file a complaint?
You can contact any of the following organizations:
MA Commission Against Discrimination
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108