Fair Housing in Texas

Know Your Rights


Both the Federal Fair Housing Act and the Texas Fair Housing Act make it illegal to deny someone housing solely because of color, race, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or your familial status (children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18).

Several cities in Texas have housing discrimination laws with additional protected classes—click here for additional classes.

The Civil Rights Division of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWCCRD) enforces the Texas Fair Housing Act. Complaints are investigated by TWCCRD and coordinated with The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

 

Illegal Discrimination


For details on what is prohibited in the (1) Sale and Rental of Housing; (2) Mortgage Lending; or (3) Based on Disability, click here

 

If You Think Your Rights Have Been Violated

The Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division (TWCCRD) will help you with any problem of housing discrimination. You have one year after an alleged violation to file a complaint, but you should file it as soon as possible. Be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Your name and address
  • The name and address of the person your complaint is against (the Respondent)
  • The address or other identification of the housing involved 
  • A short description of the alleged violation (the event that caused you to believe your rights were violated) 
  • The date(s) of the alleged violation

To file a complaint, you may call the office directly at 1-888-452-4778 or 512-463-2642, or write to:

Texas Workforce Commission
Civil Rights Division
1117 Trinity Street, Room 144-T
Austin, Texas 78701

 

TWCCRD also provides a TTY phone for the deaf/hearing impaired users at 512-371-7473 and assistance in reading and completing forms.

 

Additional Fair Housing Resources: