Fair Housing: Florida

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.  

On these pages, you will find information about the protected classes in each state’s fair housing law as well as the cities and counties in the state’s three largest city or metropolitan areas that enforce additional fair housing protections. 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 March 2022.

Florida Protected Classes

(State of Florida Title 44 Ch 760 Pt 2 - Fair Housing Act § 760.20 et seq.)

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial Status
  • Disability

Jacksonville Metro Area

(Clay County Code § 8-24)​

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Age

City of Jacksonville Protected Classes

(City of Jacksonville Municipal Code § 408.401)​

Jacksonville is consolidated with Duval County. In addition to enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Age1
  • Marital Status1
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity

1This class is listed in a local fair housing source, not statutory code.

(St Johns County Ordinance 90-65)​

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Marital Status

Miami Metro Area

(Broward County Code §16 ½ 3(p) and § 16 ½ 35 et seq)​

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Political Affiliation
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity
  • Gender Expression

 

  • Veteran Status
  • Service Member Status
  • Lawful Source of Income2
  • Victim of Dating/Domestic Violence, Stalking, or Human Trafficking

 

City of Fort Lauderdale Protected Classes

(City of Fort Lauderdale Municipal Code § 29-21)

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.

2Source of Income” means origin or cause of a legal gain or recurrent benefit including: SSI, Social Security, child support, alimony, veteran’s benefits, disability, unemployment, retirement or pension benefits, annuity, inheritance, interest in property, any Government assistance, etc.

(Miami-Dade County Code § 11A-12)​

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Ancestry
  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Gender Identity
  • Gender Expression
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Source of Income3
  • Victim of domestic/dating violence or stalking

Hialeah Protected Classes

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.

Miami Protected Classes

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.

3Source of Income” means lawful, verifiable income paid directly to tenant or a tenant representative, including Section 8 vouchers, SSI, Social security, pensions and other retirement benefits.

Tampa Bay Metro Area

(Hernanado County Code §§ 16-70 - 80)​

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Age4
  • Ancestry
  • Marital Status

4Exclusively those aged 18 or older.

(Hillsborough County Code § 30-24 and §16-104)​

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity
  • Gender Expression
  • Lawful Source of Income5 6

City of Tampa Protected Classes

(City of Tampa Municipal Code §§ 12-71 - 114; 12-143)

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.

5Lawful Source of Income” [in Hillsborough County] means: any income from a lawful profession, Government or private assistance, grants, loans or subsidies, gift, inheritance, pension or retirement benefits, annuity, trust or investment income, alimony, child support, veteran’s benefits or the proceeds or interest from property.

6"Lawful Source of Income" [in Tampa] means the income from: 1) a lawful profession, occupation or job; 2) any government or private assistance, grant, loan or housing assistance program or subsidy, including but not limited to Housing Choice (Section 8) Vouchers and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Vouchers, Social Security, and Supplemental Security Income; 3) a gift, an inheritance, a pension or other retirement benefits, an annuity, trust income, investment income, alimony, child support, or veteran's benefits; or 4) the sale of property or an interest in property. A person renting more than one rental unit may require reasonable verification of the lawful source of income from a tenant so long as such verification is required from all tenants leasing or renting rental units from that same person

(Pinellas County Code §§ 70-176 - 70-182)​

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation

City of St. Petersburg Protected Classes

(City of St Petersburg Municipal Code §§ 20-303 - 20-310 , §20-330)

In addition to enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Gender Identity
  • Gender Expression
  • Veteran Status
  • Service Member Status
  • Source of Income6

6Source of Income” is defined as means used to pay rent, limited to Government or Government-mandated program funds.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and protected classes.