Fair Housing Laws: Why You Can and Can't Deny a Tenant

Tenant screening is important, but landlords also need to know what fair housing laws say about how they can and cannot evaluate a potential renter.

Fair housing laws stem from the Fair Housing Act, a portion of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which aims to prevent discriminatory practices in the housing industry. Virtually anyone who deals in housing arrangements has to abide by these laws, including those who operate housing assistance programs, mortgage banks and lenders, real estate agents, and, you got it, landlords.

Sadly, landlords and rental property managers are among the least compliant with fair housing laws. According to the National Fair Housing Alliance, a whopping 83% of all fair housing complaints filed last year related to rental properties -- amounting to more than 26,000 complaints nationwide.

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