§ 24-8-1 Short title
§ 24-8-2 Policy of state
§ 24-8-3 Definitions
§ 24-8-4 Unlawful discriminatory housing practices
§ 24-8-5 Discrimination in services, organizations, or facilities relating to business of selling or renting dwellings
§ 24-8-6 Discrimination in residential real estate related transactions
§ 24-8-7 Exemptions
§ 24-8-8 Interference with person in exercise of right granted under chapter
§ 24-8-9 Office to administer provisions and may delegate functions, duties, powers to employees
§ 24-8-10 Powers of office
§ 24-8-11 Procedures for investigation; subpoenas
§ 24-8-12 Filing of complaint; investigation and notice; resolution by informal methods; filing of answer; local fair housing law; conciliation agreement; completion of investigation; final administrative disposition; burden of proof; termination of efforts to ob
§ 24-8-13 Recommendation for hearing by investigator; order for hearing; parties’ right to take civil action; amendment of complaint; subpoenas; refusal to allow discovery; hearing; panel opinion and order; review
§ 24-8-14 Civil action; sale, encumbrance, etc. consummated before issuance of order; relief and award
§ 24-8-15 Similar complaint filed with another agency with authority to investigate violation of chapter

Terms Used In Alabama Code > Title 24 > Chapter 8 - Alabama Fair Housing Law

  • adeca: The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. See Alabama Code 24-8-3
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Bankruptcy: Refers to statutes and judicial proceedings involving persons or businesses that cannot pay their debts and seek the assistance of the court in getting a fresh start. Under the protection of the bankruptcy court, debtors may discharge their debts, perhaps by paying a portion of each debt. Bankruptcy judges preside over these proceedings.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • DISCRIMINATORY HOUSING PRACTICE: An act that is unlawful under this chapter. See Alabama Code 24-8-3
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • dwelling: Any building or structure, or portion of any building or structure, which is occupied as, or designed or intended for occupancy as, a residence by one or more families, and any vacant land which is offered for sale or lease for the construction or location on it of any such building or structure, or portion of it. See Alabama Code 24-8-3
  • Escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
  • Federal Reserve System: The central bank of the United States. The Fed, as it is commonly called, regulates the U.S. monetary and financial system. The Federal Reserve System is composed of a central governmental agency in Washington, D.C. (the Board of Governors) and twelve regional Federal Reserve Banks in major cities throughout the United States. Source: OCC
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • handicap: With respect to a person:

    a. See Alabama Code 24-8-3


    a. See Alabama Code 24-8-3

  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Interrogatories: Written questions asked by one party of an opposing party, who must answer them in writing under oath; a discovery device in a lawsuit.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • office: Office of ADECA. See Alabama Code 24-8-3
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: One or more individuals, corporations, partnerships, associations, labor organizations, legal representatives, mutual companies, joint-stock companies, trusts, unincorporated organizations, trustees, trustees in bankruptcy, receivers, and fiduciaries. See Alabama Code 24-8-3
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • preceding: means next before. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Subpoena duces tecum: A command to a witness to produce documents.
  • Temporary restraining order: Prohibits a person from an action that is likely to cause irreparable harm. This differs from an injunction in that it may be granted immediately, without notice to the opposing party, and without a hearing. It is intended to last only until a hearing can be held.
  • TO RENT: To lease, to sublease, to let, and otherwise to grant for a consideration the right to occupy premises not owned by the occupant. See Alabama Code 24-8-3