Tip #12

Treat All Applicants Fair and Equal

Written on October 1, 2012 by , updated on October 30, 2017

ehoThis is the key to avoiding a discrimination claim/lawsuit.  

As a Landlord, and a housing provider, you have to provide an equal housing opportunity for everyone.

This means you cannot discriminate on

  1. Race 
  2. Color 
  3. Religion 
  4. Sex
  5. National Origin
  6. Familial Status
  7. Disability

This also means that you need to put all applicants through the same review process.  For example, you can’t require a credit check for some, and not all.  Nor can you increase a security deposit amount based on any of the discrimination factors listed above.

You can however, increase the security deposit amount for things like pets and waterbeds.

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  • Montanna Washburn

    I’ve asked my landlord for a reasonable accommodation for my emotional support animal. I have a disability and she has asked to speak with my doctor personally and have questions about the disability answered in writing, said my disability seems to be ‘convenient’ now that I’m asking for a dog and has suggested certain medications and therapy. How do I respond to her?

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