Fair Housing: District of Columbia

This page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This page is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry. Please consult with local counsel before taking any action based off of the information provided. 

On these pages, you will find information about 1) the protected classes in each state’s fair housing law, 2) protected classes in the cities and counties in the state’s three largest city or metropolitan areas, and 3) protected class information in additional jurisdictions of interest to NAA members. We highlight source of income protections, where applicable, that could substantially impact industry operations. Please see the footnotes. NAA also has resources on the federal fair housing protections that apply nationwide.

We are currently in the process of optimizing NAA’s Fair Housing Protected Class Resources. If you do not see a jurisdiction of interest, please reach out to the NAA Government Affairs Team at [email protected].

Information on this page is current as of September 2022.

District of Columbia Protected Classes

(District of Columbia Municipal Code § 2-1402.21)

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial Status
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Personal Appearance
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Expression
  • Gender Identity
  • Homelessness Status
  • Matriculation (Being enrolled in a university or business, nursing, professional, secretarial, technical, vocational or other adult schooling)
  • Political Affiliation
  • Source of Income1
  • Victim of Intrafamily Offense
  • Place of Residence or Business

1"Source of income” is defined as the point, the cause, or the form of the origination, or transmittal of gains of property accruing to a person in a stated period of time; including, but not limited to, money and property secured from any occupation, profession or activity, from any contract, agreement or settlement, from federal payments, court-ordered payments, from payments received as gifts, bequests, annuities, life insurance policies and compensation for illness or injury, except in a case where conflict of interest may exist. This definition has been expanded to to include Section 8 vouchers