Fair Housing vs. Unfair Housing

Do you know the difference?

Knowing the difference between fair housing and unfair housing isn't as obvious as you might think. This blog aims to present a variety of important and interesting fair housing issues.

If you're an apartment professional, avoid costly mistakes by reading the stories of others who — even with good intentions — learned compliance lessons the hard way. (For the easy way, click here.)

If you live in an apartment, get familiar with your rights when it comes to housing discrimination, as well as your options for seeking justice.

Monday, April 6, 2015

It's Fair Housing Month... Here's One Thing Landlords Should Avoid Doing With Tenants With Disabilities

Some landlords introduce extra financial obstacles between tenants and a new apartment just because those tenants have a disability. For example, some landlords require tenants who use motorized wheelchairs to purchase liability insurance while others charge tenants a greater security deposit to protect against possible property damage from any type of wheelchair. But landlords who take such action could face liability for violating the Fair Housing Act's (FHA) ban on disability-based discrimination.

Even if a tenant with a disability can afford to pay more, treating tenants differently based on whether they have a disability is still illegal.

Find out more about why it's against the law as well as when landlords can make tenants pay for damage without risking fair housing violations by checking out my recent article for Nolo.com, entitled "Don't Make Tenants Pay for Having a Disability."

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