Zillow Teams with NJ AG to Prevent Housing Discrimination Against Tenants with Criminal Histories

  • New Jersey AG Matthew J. Platkin and the Division on Civil Rights (DHR) expanded their partnership with Zillow Group, Inc., an online real estate and rental marketplace company, to combat violations of New Jersey’s Fair Chance in Housing Act (FCHA) by preventing housing discrimination against prospective tenants with criminal histories.
  • The agreement expands on a prior Statement of Collaboration between DHR and Zillow which focused on preventing housing discrimination against recipients of federal, state, or local rental assistance. The expanded partnership involves collaboration on Zillow’s content-filtering terms to allow for more efficient detection and removal of advertisements that violate the FCHA. DCR will alert Zillow to advertisements that contain unlawful limitations or statements, and Zillow will assist with DCR’s ongoing enforcement efforts by alerting DCR of potentially discriminatory language in advertisements.
  • The FCHA went into effect in January 2020, and DCR has so far taken enforcement action in nearly 90 cases where housing providers allegedly violated the law by asking prohibited criminal history-related questions on housing applications or by posting discriminatory housing advertisements or maintaining discriminatory housing policies.