Who May File:

Anyone who has been or will be harmed by a discriminatory housing practice based on his/her race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, or age may file a charge of discrimination when:

  • The alleged discriminatory act occurred during the past 365 days.
  • The dwelling or housing is located in Jacksonville/Duval County.

Activities that may involve discriminatory housing practices include renting or buying a dwelling, obtaining a mortgage, or engaging in other housing-related activities.

Based on the facts obtained during the initial evaluation of the allegations, the JHRC may file a formal charge of discrimination against the property owner, property manager, developer, real estate agent, mortgage lender, homeowners association, insurance provider, and others who affect housing opportunities. Please note a charge filed with the JHRC is not a lawsuit and the JHRC does not accept or investigate anonymous complaints.

Exemptions:

Exemptions exist for owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker, and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to its members. Additional exemptions exist for residential housing and communities for older persons.

Filing a Charge:

If you wish to inquire about filing a complaint, you may visit our office or request that a Housing Pre-Interview Questionnaire be mailed or emailed to you by contacting the JHRC as follows:

 

Time Limits for Filing a Housing Discrimination Complaint:

  • You may file a complaint with the JHRC within one (1) year of the alleged discriminatory act.  
  • You may file a private civil lawsuit within two (2) years of the alleged discriminatory act, at your own expense.


Our Authority:

Chapter 60, of the Jacksonville Municipal Code
Title XI, Chapter 408, Jacksonville Municipal Code
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. (Fair Housing Act)