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Using Rental Criteria to Avoid Violating Fair Housing Law

happy tenantsHere is a really great article recently published in “The Landlord Times,” a monthly publication circulated to more than 6000 Utah apartment owners, property managers, and other members of the Utah Apartment Association.  I am re-publishing it here, with permission, because it discusses Federal Fair Housing Law in an interesting and understandable way.  Each and every landlord should read it:

“[It’s always] a good time to brush up on ways to avoid discrimination claims. One of the best ways to avoid discrimination claims is to have a list of the criteria you use when evaluating a tenant. It is better to have objective criteria and use those than to compare people to each other or use you “gut instinct” to evaluate if someone is qualified to rent from you.

It is natural for owners to want to compare prospects against each other. But BEWARE! Because of Federal Fair Housing Laws this can get you in trouble. Here is an example:  More…