Top Sarasota Property Manager Discusses Fair Housing
Fair Housing Act: What It Means to YouProperty managers have a great deal of discretion when choosing tenants based on their credit scores, criminal history, financial ability to pay, and rental history. However, this does not mean that landlords have carte-blanche discretion when choosing tenants -- there are limitations when making a decision.
The federal Fair Housing Act, as well as local rules and regulations provides for protected classes of individuals, which cannot be discriminated against based on certain defined criteria. It is important to follow all laws and regulations when leasing properties to prospective tenants.
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and disability.
Property managers cannot discriminate against applicants for reasons of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, marital status, familial status, or physical or mental disability.
Examples of prohibited actions include:
- Refusing to rent to a protected class.
- Refusing to negotiate with a protected class.
- Making housing unavailable to a protected class.
- Advertising that promotes, or excludes a specific group of people.
- Set different terms, conditions or privileges for rental to a protected class.
- Restrictive pet policies with respect to service animals.
Landlords and property managers may not:
- Refuse to allow reasonable modifications to dwelling units, or common use areas, for disabled persons (Landlords have the right to only permit changes if the disabled person agrees to restore the property to its original condition when they vacate the premises).
- Refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services if necessary for the disabled person to use the housing.
Example: An apartment complex offering ample, unassigned parking should honor a request from a disabled tenant for a reserved space near his apartment, so as to ensure he has easy access to his apartment.
Real Property Management of Sarasota & Manatee strictly adheres to all requirements of Fair Housing Law, not just because it is the law, but because it is the right thing to do.
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