What words are not fair housing compliant?

See our list of acceptable and unacceptable words that multifamily properties can or cannot use to remain Fair Housing compliant.

It's important when writing any form of content for apartments that we remain fair-housing compliant. We have compiled a list of words or phrases that can and cannot be used. Keep in mind this list is not all-inclusive. If you ever have any questions or doubts, reach out to your REPLI account manager. 
 
Acceptable Caution Unacceptable
  • Accessible
  • Alcohol, no 
  • assistance animals only 
  • bedrooms, (number of) 
  • bus, near 
  • convalescent home 
  • convenient to 
  • credit check required 
  • den 
  • desirable neighborhood 
  • domestic quarters 
  • drugs, no 
  • drug use, no 
  • Equal Housing Opportunity 
  • family, great for 
  • family room 
  • fixer-upper 
  • golf course, near 
  • great view 
  • guest house 
  • handicap accessible 
  • hobby farm 
  • kids welcome 
  • luxury townhouse 
  • master bedroom 
  • membership available 
  • (neighborhood name) 
  • nice 
  • nursery 
  • nursing home places of worship
  • near play area 
  • privacy 
  • private driveway 
  • private entrance 
  • private property 
  • private setting 
  • public transportation, near 
  • quality construction 
  • quiet 
  • quiet neighborhood 
  • references required responsible 
  • (school district) 
  • (school name) 
  • seasonal rates 
  • secluded 
  • security provided 
  • senior discount* 
  • single family home 
  • sleeping area(s), 
  • smoking, no 
  • (square feet)
  • Townhouse
  • traditional style 
  • tranquil setting 
  • verifiable income 
  • view of 
  • view, with 
  • wheelchair accessible 
  • winter rental rates
  • 55 and older community* 
  • 62 and older* 
  • active 
  • bachelor 
  • bachelor pad 
  • close to country club, near 
  • Couple
  • couples only 
  • curfew 
  • exclusive 
  • executive 
  • female(s) only 
  • female roommate 
  • gay(s), no 
  • (gender) 
  • golden agers only* 
  • handicap handyman’ s dream 
  • heterosexual 
  • homosexual 
  • ideal for… 
  • lesbian(s), no 
  • male(s) only 
  • male roommate 
  • man, men only 
  • membership approval required 
  • Mormon Temple 
  • mother-in-law apt. 
  • nanny’ s room 
  • near 
  • newlyweds 
  • one person 
  • older person* 
  • perfect for… 
  • person(s), (number of) 
  • play area, no 
  • prestigious 
  • quality neighborhood 
  • restricted 
  • retired 
  • retiree(s)* 
  • retirement home* 
  • Section 8, no 
  • secure 
  • seeking same 
  • senior(s)* 
  • senior citizen(s)* 
  • senior housing* 
  • (sex or gender) 
  • shrine 
  • singles only 
  • single person 
  • single woman, man 
  • sophisticated 
  • straight only 
  • student(s) 
  • students, no 
  • temple 
  • traditional 
  • two people 
  • walking distance to… 
  • woman, women only
  • able-bodied 
  • adult community* 
  • adult living* 
  • adults only* 
  • adult park* 
  • African 
  • agile 
  • AIDS 
  • alcoholics, no 
  • American Indian 
  • Appalachian 
  • blind, no 
  • board approval required 
  • Catholic 
  • Caucasian 
  • Chicano 
  • children, no 
  • child(ren), (number of) 
  • Christian 
  • colored 
  • crippled, no 
  • church 
  • deaf, no 
  • disabled, not suitable for 
  • drinker(s), no 
  • employed, must be 
  • empty nesters* 
  • English only 
  • (Ethnicity)
  • (ethnic references) 
  • golden agers* 
  • group homes, no 
  • handicapped, not suitable for 
  • healthy only 
  • HIV 
  • impaired, no
  • integrated 
  • landlord, (description) 
  • Married
  • mature couple* 
  • mature individual* 
  • mature person(s)* 
  • membership approval required 
  • mentally disabled, 
  • no mentally ill, no 
  • Mexican-American migrant workers, no 
  • (nationality) 
  • Negro 
  • non-drinkers 
  • non-smokers 
  • older person(s)* 
  • one child 
  • Oriental 
  • parish 
  • park rules, 
  • must comply with 
  • physically fit only 
  • preferred community 
  • quiet tenant(s) 
  • (religious references) 
  • responsible 
  • retarded, no 
  • safe neighborhood
  • seasonal workers, no 
  • senior discount* 
  • smoker(s), no 
  • Social Security Insurance (SSI), no 
  • tenant(s), description of 
  • two people 
  • unemployed, 
  • no white, white only