The Fair Housing Division (FHD) begins its complaint investigation process shortly after receiving a complaint that meets the jurisdiction requirements covered within the Georgia Fair Housing Law. The FHD will either investigate the complaint or refer the complaint to another agency to investigate. Throughout the investigation, the FHD will make efforts to help the parties reach a mutual agreement through a conciliation process. If the complaint cannot be resolved voluntarily by an agreement, the FHD may issue findings from the investigation. If the investigation shows that the law has been violated, the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity may refer the case to the Attorney General's Office for legal action to enforce the law.
In order to file a complaint, the following four factors must be met:
- Standing (Aggrieved persons, A person who believes that a violation is about to occur, Parents or Guardians, Testers, or Organizations –Fair Housing Organizations, Civil Rights Organizations, Other Advocacy Groups)
- Respondent Jurisdiction
- Subject Matter Jurisdiction
- Timeliness (Any complaint filed under the Fair Housing act must be timely. In order for the GCEO to have jurisdiction to investigate, complaints must be filed within one year-365 calendar days of the alleged discrimination. Counting of the 365 days begins the day after the discriminatory act. The timeliness period begins as of the date of the discriminatory act or the last occurrences or application of a discriminatory policy. Continuing violations refer to either a series of related discriminatory acts, or a discriminatory policy that continues to affect members of a particular category. A complaint that alleges a continuing violation is timely if it is filed within one year of the last occurrence of that discriminatory behavior).
If the complaint is jurisdictional, an Intake Coordinator will contact you regarding filing an Official Fair Housing Complaint with the Agency.
For further information, please contact the Intake Coordinator at (404) 463-4706.