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Michigan Real Estate Law Book – June 2006 Edition Print E-mail

ImageThe June 2006 Edition of Michigan Real Estate Law Book from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth. Fair housing law is covered beginning page 113.

Excerpt = “It shall be the duty of the (Michigan civil rights) commission . . . to investigate alleged discrimination against any person because of religion, race, color, or national origin in the employment of the civil rights guaranteed by law and by this constitution, and to secure the equal rotection of such civil rights without such ‘discrimination’. MICHIGAN CONSTITUTION OF 1963, V. §§29.

“The sources of civil rights, the equal protection of which is the Commission’s duty are: federal law arising out of either federal statutes or the Constitution of the United States; Michigan Law arising out of state statutes or the common law of the State; and the 1963 Michigan

“Civil rights in relation to housing and real property are defined in the following citations from federal and state statutory and case law…”

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Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act – MSHDA Fair Housing Print E-mail

The Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act – Fair Housing Law

Image Intro – AN ACT to define civil rights; to prohibit discriminatory practices, policies, and customs in the exercise of those rights based upon religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status, or marital status; to preserve the confidentiality of records regarding arrest, detention, or other disposition in which a conviction does not result; to prescribe the powers and duties of the civil rights commission and the department of civil rights; to provide remedies and penalties; to provide for fees; and to repeal certain acts and parts of acts.

The People of the State of Michigan enact:


Sec. 101. This act shall be known and may be cited as the “Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.”

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Michigan Fair Housing Act of 1968 Print E-mail

ImageFrom the State of Michigan web site.

Intro –

Public Act No. 112. From the Public and Local Acts of the Legislature of the
State of Michigan passed at the regular session of 1968.

AN ACT to prevent discrimination in real property transactions on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin; to prescribe the functions of the civil rights commission; to authorize the creation and prescribe the functions of local commissions; and to provide remedies for violations of the act.

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Key Michigan Fair Housing Laws – Summary Print E-mail

ImageA Summary of key Michigan fair housing Laws compiled by the Fair Housing Center Of Metropolitan Detroit.

Intro – CIVIL RIGHTS ACTS OF 1866 AND 1870

Passed at the conclusion of the U.S. Civil War, the provisions of the Acts were routinely ignored in relation to housing transactions until 1968, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 1866 law prohibits all forms of racial discrimination in the sale or rental of housing. The 1870 Act addresses the making of “contracts”, including property contracts, and was intended to insure that “all persons” shall have the “full and equal benefit of all laws” as is enjoyed by “white citizens”. The 1866 law specifically addresses “property rights”, as follows:

“All citizens of the United States shall have the right, in every State and Territory, as is enjoyed by white citizens thereof to inherit, purchase,
lease, sell, hold, and convey real and personal property.”

(Amending the Fair Housing provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1968)

This Act, originally passed in 1968…

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