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Community Development Director:
Barbara Dulworth, AICP
Phone: (937)498-8131
Fax: (937)498-8119

There are many illegal housing discriminatory practices, but you have the right to: seek housing anywhere you can afford to live; inspect any apartment or house which is offered for rent or sale; and be offered the same information, financial and insurance terms and courtesy as everyone else.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) enforces the Fair Housing Act, which protects you against violations of your housing rights. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of:
• Race • Color • National Origin • Sex • Religion • Handicap  • Military Status • Ancestry  •  
• Familial Status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18)

The Fair Housing Act covers most housing with very few exceptions. It prohibits discrimination in the sale and rental of housing, mortgage lending and insurance coverage.

No one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, handicap, military status, or ancestry:

• Refuse to rent, sell or negotiate for housing, or otherwise make housing unavailable.
• Set different terms, conditions, or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling.
• Deny anyone access to or membership in a facility or service, such as a multiple listing service, related to the sale or rental of housing.
• Impose different terms or conditions on a loan.
• Refuse to let you make reasonable modifications to your dwelling or common use areas, at your expense, if necessary for a person with a disability to use the housing. Where reasonable, the landlord may permit changes only if you agree to restore the property to its original condition when you move.
• Refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services necessary for a person with a disability to use the housing.

If you think your rights have been violated, contact the fair housing office. You may also call the HUD Discrimination Hotline at 1-800-669-9777 (voice) or 1-800-927-9275 (TTY) or the Ohio Civil Rights Commission in Dayton at 1-937-285-6500.



Landlord and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities

The Ohio Tenant-Landlord Act of 1974 outlines the rights and responsibilities of both tenants and landlords. It does not apply to mobile home trailer parks, owner-occupied condominiums, prisons, jails, workhouses or halfway houses, hotels, motels or tourist homes, hospitals, or nursing homes, farm residences on two or more acres of land, or school dormitories.

The Tenant Landlord Facts brochure linked above will provide general informaiton to help you better understand your responsibilities and rights under the law. We hope that you will read it carefully and use it as a guide for better Tenant-Landlord relations.

Before signing the lease and paying any non-refundable deposit, the tenant and landlord should inspect the property together. A detailed record of the condition of the property, including the yard if renting a house, should be made. This not only protects the tenant from being charged for damages he / she did not incur, but provides the landlord with a list of defects needing correction. If the landlord does not provide you with a detailed inspection checklist, you may download a checklist or obtain one from the City of Sidney Fair Housing Coordinator. Although a tenant is not responsible for normal wear and tear, damages caused by a tenant, or guest of a tenant may be the responsibility of the tenant. A list of some common damages versus normal wear and tear is available. Please note this is not an exhaustive list and should be used for general guidance only.


None of the information this website constitutes legal advice and the City of Sidney accepts no legal liability for reliance on this information. If you are in doubt regarding your legal rights, we recommend you seek legal assistance.



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