Urgent Legal Alert from Florida REALTORS General Counsel

Urgent Legal Alert from Florida REALTORS General Counsel

WASHINGTON (March 13, 2018) – (RealEstateRama) — Recently, Florida Realtors became aware of several lawsuits filed against real estate brokers in Miami Dade and Broward counties concerning allegations of discriminatory advertising—a violation of fair housing laws. Specifically, brokers are being sued for discriminating against tenants with Section 8 vouchers. These violations, however, pertain to local ordinances, not the Federal Fair Housing Act. Under these local ordinances, landlords and Realtors are precluded from discriminating against tenants with Section 8 vouchers, as this falls under the protected class “source of income.”

Florida Realtors General Counsel Margy Grant advises that “Realtors are encouraged to audit their listings and advertising to ensure that no listing, either in the MLS or not, contains any language that disallows housing to someone with a Section 8 voucher. Realtors must work to educate their landlords or property managers that this is not permissible under the local ordinances.” For additional information contact Florida REALTORS Legal Hotline: 407-438-1409.

Realtors in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties should be aware that their county’s Fair Housing protected classes extend beyond those created under federal law. The federal Fair Housing Act protects against discrimination based on the following seven categories:

National origin,
Disability, and
Familial status.

MIAMI Association of REALTORS

Chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920, this year MIAMI marks 95 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. MIAMI has grown its membership from 162 in the beginning to more than 40,000 in the present day, making it the Largest Local Association in the nation.

MIAMI is comprised of four organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward County Board of Governors, and the International Council. MIAMI represents its professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage at the local, state, national and international levels.


Phone: (305) 468-7000
Member Services: (305) 468-7005

Previous articleDiaz-Balart, Rubio Applaud $13 Million TIGER Grant for Immokalee
Next articleDiaz-Balart Statement on FIU Pedestrian Bridge Collapse