Housing Discrimination

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Question: Can an apartment deny a future tenant a lease due to pending criminal charges (misdemeanor)?

Answer: It is unlawful for a landlord to choose not to rent a dwelling to a prospective tenant on the basis of that tenant’s race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or mental or physical disability. However, a landlord may refuse to enter into a rental agreement with a prospective tenant for other reasons, including alleged criminal activity.

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  • Can an apartment deny a future tenant a lease due to pending criminal charges (misdemeanor)?

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