Landlords cannot discriminate against tenants based on their race, religion, national origin, gender, or other protected characteristics. Fair housing laws prohibit discrimination in housing based on race, gender, religion, disability, and other protected categories. Tenants who believe they have been the victims of discrimination can file a complaint with the appropriate agency or file a lawsuit against the landlord.
Some key issues related to landlord-tenant discrimination include:
- Prohibited actions: Landlords cannot discriminate against tenants or prospective tenants in any aspect of housing, including advertising, rental applications, tenant screening, lease terms, and eviction.
- Reasonable accommodations: Landlords must provide reasonable accommodations to tenants with disabilities, such as allowing the tenant to make modifications to the rental unit or waiving a “no pets” policy to allow for a service animal.
- Retaliation: Landlords cannot retaliate against tenants who file a complaint or exercise their rights under fair housing laws.
At UBFK Law, we have extensive experience in representing tenants who have been the victims of discrimination and landlords with claims of discrimination made against them. We can advise you on your rights under fair housing laws and represent you in filing a complaint or lawsuit against the landlord. We can also advise landlords on compliance with fair housing laws. If you believe you have been the victim of discrimination or need a defense, our lawyers can help you file a complaint and seek justice. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced landlord-tenant attorneys.