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Raymond Buxton, II, Commissioner

Are You A Victim of Housing Discrimination

The South Carolina Human Affairs Commission is a state government agency which enforces the South Carolina Fair Housing Law.

If you think you have been discriminated against in housing, you should contact the Commission. The Commission will investigate your complaint to see if the law was broken.

If there was a violation, the Commission can help you get certain legal remedies to which you may be entitled. Most of the time, the Commission can settle housing discrimination complaints quickly and easily.  If it is necessary, the Commission may take discrimination cases to a hearing or to court.

Discrimination can be very subtle. Often people may suspect they have been discriminated against, but they are not sure they can prove it. Call the Commission if you suspect you have been discriminated against.


Examples of Housing Discrimination

 The law prohibits the following acts based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap or familial status:

  • Refusing to sell or rent housing

  • Lying about the availability of housing

  • Evicting someone from housing.

  • Discrimination in the terms of conditions of housing; such as, rent, security deposits, use sale prices, the use of facilities or financing.