Fair Housing

Fair Housing “It’s Your Right”

From this page you can find information about both Federal and State of Louisiana fair housing laws. Along with the information on how to file a complaint, complaint forms, and links to Federal and State sites with more information.


The Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, prohibit discrimination against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin in the sale, rental, leasing, financing and advertising of housing, or in the prevention of real estate brokerage services; and the practice generally known as “block busting” is also illegal.

The Louisiana Open Housing Act (La. R.S. 51:2601, et seq.) has been deemed substantially equivalent with the Federal Fair Housing Act. Administration and enforcement of the Act is by the Louisiana Department of Justice, which may receive complaints directly from individual citizens or by referral from HUD.

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Summary Link
Information Description

HUD Online Complaint Process Link
Complaint Process Online

HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Room 5204, 451 Seventh Street SW
Washington, DC 20410-2000
Hot-line (toll free) 1-800-669-9777
TDD 1-800-927-9275

State Louisiana Department of Justice
Louisiana Attorney General’s Site
Louisiana Department of Justice
Public Protection Division
P.O. Box 94095
Baton Rouge, LA

To Submit a Written Complaint

If you write to HUD or the State, you can submit a complaint form or write a letter containing the following information.

Your name and address
The name and address of the person your complaint is about
The address of the house or apartment you were trying to rent or buy
The date when this incident occurred
A short description of what happened

For questions regarding fair housing laws or if you wish to have a representative from the State Attorney General’s Office speak to your organization call 1-800-273-5718.