Welcome to my personal HELL! Yet another complaint by yet another whiner seeking to get something for nothing! The scam that is Fair Housing raises its ugly head again.
You must rent to this CONVICTED, REPEAT FELON!
I wrote on this subject before (Fair housing truths and myths). The reality of it is my family looks like a picnic at the United Nations! I've got Asian grandchildren, black-Canadian cousins, black great-nephews, heck I'm not even completely sure what my heritage is.
I explained in the linked post how this whole system works. It is all predicated on the notion that if accused you will pay them to leave you alone. Where I come from we call that EXTORTION!
Most of us are accustomed to the notion that anything from government is some form of extortion, but this one is particularly heinous. Since not admitting you are a racist, sexist bigoted, homophobic, ass will cost you tens of thousands. It is much easier to just agree to apologize and take some sensitivity training, or in our case be forced to allow the repeat felon to move into one of our rental units.
So which one of my clients gets the prize? Which one of my clients investment property will I move this career criminal into? In over thirty years since his criminal record started the only time he was not getting arrested was when he was incarcerated. And once I do rent to him under threat of extortion, does that mean that I now have to rent to all convicted felons?
Our friend, "the investigator" understood why we may not have wanted to put him in a building with several older single females and some disabled people, but perhaps we should have offered him a house instead!
So let me get this straight! You the "investigator" want me to STEER applicants to specific properties because they may pose a threat to people in another property????
Steering Defined: It shall be unlawful, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, to restrict or attempt to restrict the choices of a person by word or conduct in connection with seeking, negotiating for, buying or renting a dwelling so as to perpetuate, or tend to perpetuate, segregated housing patterns, or to discourage or obstruct choices in a community, neighborhood or development. (24 CFR Part 14, Section 100.70(a))
CATCH 22: If I tell the criminal that he can't live in that building, but he can live in this other one; then I am breaking the law! If I tell him he can't rent from me because he is a criminal, then he files a lawsuit claiming discrimination. If I move him in with his 30+ year criminal history and he attacks, robs and murders his neighbors, than I will be in court for that!
The Good News! The "investigator" told us that Kansas City, MO is considering making it illegal to discriminate against criminals! Stay tuned I just learned about that. I will ask my friend Darla to take a look at that plan.
Here is my beautiful great nephew!