Did you know that the Federal Government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development announced in 2015 that they were filing separate charges against property managers, Las Vegas Rental Property Owners and landlords across the United States for different types of discrimination?
Although no landlord wants to or attempts to commit unlawful discrimination, the reality is that in this day and age it’s a lot easier than any landlord thinks to get caught up in a discrimination lawsuit even if they thought they were engaging in innocent behavior.
Sadly, many landlords and property managers can get caught up in a discrimination lawsuit, especially if they have the best of intentions but during the screening process accidentally asked a misguided or innocent question, made a poor remark, or did something that prompted an applicant to file a discrimination lawsuit or complaint against them.
Since the rental market is constantly changing along with antidiscrimination laws, in this post we will cover some of the most common mistakes that property managers and landlords make across United States that can commonly lead to discrimination complaints or charges against a property owner.
Asking About an Applicants Diagnoses, Medical Status or Mental Health
As a landlord, Las Vegas Rental Property Owner or real estate investo, one of the most common mistakes that you should never make is to ask an applicant about a recent medical diagnosis, disorder or current medical status.
Last year a property owner in the state of Minnesota made a mistake of asking a prospective applicant for one of their properties about their mental health status when the owner was alerted to the fact that the applicant potentially had a bipolar disorder.
The results of this innocent mistake on the landlord’s part was that HUD prosecutors ultimately filed a violation against the owner and assessed a civil penalty totaling $16,000.
Using “Discriminatory” Language in Advertising
One of the most common mistakes that landlords make when marketing their properties is using discriminatory language when advertising their properties on websites like Craigslist or Zillow. An example of this occurred recently in the city of Philadelphia when a property owner listed their rental on Craigslist but stipulated that the rental was “not good for young children”.
After officials found out about the use of discriminatory language they found the property owner to be in violation of Section 3604(c) and 24 C.F.R. Sections 100.75(a) and (c)1, and HUD also filed financial damages against the owner as well.
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