Fair Housing Advertising
Word & Phrase List

Fair Housing Advertising Word and Phrase List

This word and phrase list is intended as a guideline to assist in complying with state and federal fair housing laws. It is in now way to be contrued as advice nor be considered an effort to review or edit an advertiser's ad. This list is not intended as a complete list of every word or phrase that could violate any local, state, or federal statutes. This list is not intended to provide legal advice. By its nature, a general list cannot cover particular persons' situations or questions.

BOLD — not acceptable
ITALIC — caution
STANDARD — acceptable

able-bodied Mormon Temple
Active Mosque
adult community Mother in law apartment
adult living Muslim
adult park Nanny's room
adults only Nationality
African Near
Agile Negro, no
AIDS, no Neighborhood name
Alcoholics, no Newlyweds
Appalachian, no Nice
American Indians non- smokers
Asian # of bedrooms
Assistance animal(s) # of children
Assistance animal(s) only # of persons
Bachelor # of sleeping areas
Bachelor pad Nursery
Blacks, no nursing home
blind, no Older person(s)
board approval required one child
Catholic one person
Caucasian Oriental
Chicano, no Parish
children, no perfect for . . . (should not describe people)
Chinese pets limited to assistance animals
Christian pets, no
Churches, near Philippine or Philippinos, no
Close to physically fit
college students, no play area, no
Colored preferred community
Congregation Prestigious
Convalescent home Privacy
Convenient to Private
Couple Private driveway
couples only Private entrance
Credit check required Private property
crippled, no Private setting
Curfew Public transportation(near)
Deaf, no Puerto Rican
Den Quality construction
disabled, no quality neighborhood
domestics, quarters Quiet
Drug users, no Quiet neighborhood
Drugs, no references required
employed, must be religious references
empty nesters Responsible
English only Restricted
Equal Housing Opportunity retarded, no
ethnic references Retirees
Exclusive Retirement home
Executive safe neighborhood
families, no school name or school district
families welcome se habla espanol
family room seasonal rates
family, great for seasonal worker(s), no
family, great for Secluded
female roommate** section 8 accepted/ welcome
female(s) only** section 8, no
55 and older community* Secure
fixer-upper security provided
gated community senior adult community*
Gays, no** senior citizen(s)*
Gender senior discount
golden-agers only senior housing*
golf course, near senior(s)*
group home(s) no sex or gender**
guest house Shrine
handicap accessible single family home
handicap parking, no single person
Handicapped, not for single woman, man**
healthy only singles only
Hindu, no sixty-two and older community*
Hispanic Smoker(s), no
HIV, no Smoking, no
housing for older persons/seniors* Snowbirds*
Hungarian, no sober
Ideal for . . . (should not describe people) Sophisticated
impaired, no Spanish speaking
Indian Spanish speaking, no
Integrated Square feet
Irish, no Straight only **
Italian, no student(s)
Jewish Students, no
kids welcome Supplemental Security Income (SSI), no
Landmark reference Synagogue, near
Latino temple, near
Lesbians, no tenant (description of)
males roommate** Townhouse
males(s) only** traditional neighborhood
man (men) only** traditional style
Mature tranquil setting
mature complex two people
mature couple Unemployed, no
mature individuals Verifiable Income
mature person(s) walking distance of, within
membership available Wheelchairs, no
Membership approval required White
Mentally handicapped, no White(s) only
Mentally ill, no winter rental rates
Mexican winter/summer visitors*
Mexican-American woman (women) only**
Migrant workers, no  

BostonApartments.com is committed to combating discrimination in housing. BostonApartments.com, recommends that any professionally managed property should be advertised as 'a professionally managed building' rather than a 'professional building'

* Permitted to be used only when complex or development qualifies as housing for older persons
** Permitted to be used only when describing shared living areas or dwelling units used exclusively as dormitory facilities by educational institutions.

Cautionary words are unacceptable if utilized in a context that states an unlawful preference or limitation. Furthermore, all cautionary words are "red flags" to fair housing enforcement agencies. Use of these words will only serve to invite further investigation and/or testing.

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