How to File a Complaint
If you feel you are a victim of unfair housing practices, you should report this by filing a complaint with the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, 180 Westminster Street, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI, 02903 (walk-ins accepted) or call 401-222-2661 and speak directly with a Housing Intake Officer. A housing complaint form located on the "Commission's" web site: www.richr.ri.gov can also be downloaded, filled out and sent directly to the RI Commission for Human Right's address.
All complaints that meet jurisdiction and include state and federal fair housing violations will be automatically co-filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Please mention that you were referred to them from this Fair Housing Rhode Island website.
Are You a Victim of Unfair Housing Practices?
According to RI State and/or Federal Fair Housing Laws, it is illegal, based on Race, Color, National Origin, Religion, Family Status (having children under 18), Mental or Physical Disability, Marital Status, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity or Expression, Age (18+), or Status as a Victim of Domestic Violence to:
- Refuse to rent or sell to you
- Tell you housing is not available if it is not true
- Show you homes or apartments only in certain neighborhoods
- Set different terms, conditions or privileges for a sale or rental to you than to others
- Provide different services or facilities to you than to others
- Advertise housing only to preferred groups of people
- Refuse to provide mortgage loan information to you, deny you a mortgage loan, set different terms or conditions on a mortgage loan to you
- Deny you property insurance
- Discriminate in the way property appraisals are conducted
- Refuse to make reasonable accommodations needed that result in providing a disabled person an equal and reasonable opportunity to use and enjoy the dwelling
- Fail to design and construct a property in an accessible manner
- Harass, coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone helping someone else with his or her fair housing rights.