Fair Housing: Massachusetts

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.

Massachusetts Protected Classes

(State of Massachusetts General Law Title 21 Chapter 151B § 4 [6], [10])

 

  • Race

  • Color

  • National Origin

  • Religion

  • Sex

  • Familial Status

  • Disability

  • Gender Identity

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Age

  • Ancestry

  • Genetic Information

  • Marital Status

  • Member of the Armed Forces

  • Veteran Status

  • Use of a Support Dog

  • Recipient of Federal, State, or Local Public Assistance

 

Boston Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of Boston Protected Classes

(City of Boston Municipal Code §§ 10-3.1 through 10-3.6)

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

Source of Income1

1Source of Income shall mean the manner of means by which an individual supports herself or himself, and his or her dependents, except that this chapter shall not include any criminal activity from which a source of income is derived.

Springfield Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of Springfield Protected Classes

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

Worcester Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of Worcester Protected Classes

(City of Worcester Municipal Code Article 10 § 9 [pages 95 and 96])

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