Housing Discrimination – Part I

By E-Renter Tenant Screening
Posted on January 22, 2007 under Landlord Tips | icon: commentBe the First to Comment

While, it is legitimate for a landlord to reject potential tenants on the basis of a bad credit report, unstable employment history or poor landlord references, it is illegal for him / her to reject any person on the grounds of race, colour, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap, marital status, sexual orientation, families with children, etc.

The Federal Fair Housing Act expressly forbids landlords from discriminating by:

  1. Carefully couching rental advertisements in such a manner, which while not explicit, cleverly convey a preference for particular skin types, religion, race, and so on and so forth.
  2. The Act also prohibits different standards for credit checks, rental amounts etc. for different groups of prospective tenants.
  3. As well, landlords cannot refuse to rent to certain kinds of people.
  4. Or, end a tenancy on the grounds of any unreasonable biases or prejudice.

Since state laws differ from state to state, it is, therefore, important to check your local fair housing laws.

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