Words you cannot use in Remarks section


There is a section on the Compliance page of the SmartMLS website that goes over what is and what is not permissible in the Remarks section of a listing.

The following word and phrase list is intended only to provide general guidelines to assist in complying with state and federal fair housing laws and nondiscriminatory practices. This list is not intended to provide legal advice.


NOTE: The list below is NOT all-inclusive. It is not intended to be a complete list of every word or phrase that could violate any local, state, or federal statutes. A general list cannot cover every situation or question. Each word must be considered in context.


If in doubt:

  • Do not use ethnic references (e.g. Black, Caucasian/White, Asian, American Indian).
  • Do not use nationalities (e.g. Chinese, African, German, Italian).
  • Do not use religious references (e.g. near temple, mosque, church, Christian, Muslim, Catholic).
  • Do not use sex, gender or sexual orientation (e.g. male. female, transgender, homosexual, gay).


Fair Housing Word Table :




Note: Senior housing may be exempt if:

  1. HUD has determined the housing is specifically designed for and occupied by elderly persons under a federal, state or local government program.
  2. It is occupied solely by persons who are 62 or older.
  3. It houses at least one person who is 55 or older in at least 80% of the occupied units, and adheres to a policy that demonstrates an intent to house persons who are 55 or older.


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