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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Religious Discrimination in the Sale or Rental of Church Property

Volume 2 . Chapter 7 . § 7-16
Key point 7-16. Federal law prohibits discrimination in the sale or rental of residential property on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, or sex. However, religious organizations are permitted to discriminate in the sale or rental of residential property in favor of persons of the same religion.

The Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968) prohibits discrimination in the sale or rental of residential property on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, or sex. However, the Act specifically exempts religious organizations from the ban on religious discrimination. The Act provides:

Nothing in this subchapter shall prohibit a religious organization, association, or society, or any nonprofit institution ...

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