Walk2Shul and The Fair Housing Act
Over the years, there have been Realtors who reach out to us and express their concern that Walk2Shul.com is in direct violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA) because our "website is directed just to Jews". They would like to advertise on our site but decide against it because of this concern.
Walk 2 Shul, LLC, and our website, walk2shul.com, is not in violation of the Fair Housing Act.
Walk 2 Shul, LLC is an advertising company only. We are not licensed Brokers, Realtors or Agents and we are not in the business of selling or renting real estate.
Furthermore, there are no restrictions on our site. Anyone (from any background, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, etc) can use our site and/or advertise on our site. It's not uncommon for a non-Jewish Realtor or non-Jewish homeowner to list their properties on Walk2Shul.com
Yes. We do request that properties listed on our site are within "reasonable" walking distance to an Orthodox synagogue, but we do not enforce it.
Does this mean that a Realtor can safely advertise on Walk2Shul.com and not violate the FHA?
It is our understanding that as long as Walk2Shul.com is not the only place that you're advertising your property, then you're not in violation of the FHA. For example, if your listing is on the MLS and also on Walk2Shul.com, then that's fine. Walk2Shul.com should not be the one and only place to advertise your property. For homeowners selling their own property, they can list on Zillow and Walk2Shul.com
But, it's always good to check with your local state laws.
Also, you don't want to write something in your listing's description that may seem overtly discriminatory or exclude someone due to their specific religion.
In fact, you really don't have to say anything in your listing's description regarding shuls, Jewish communities, etc. Mentioning "walk to worship" or "close to houses of worship" is perfectly okay. And when you create your listing, we have other fields (not required) that you can fill out.