Is the landlord discriminating against me?
04/08/2014 | Author: Legal Staff
My application to rent a house was denied because I’m a smoker. Doesn’t that violate fair-housing laws?
No. A landlord can refuse to lease to smokers as long as he consistently enforces such a prohibition. Federal fair-housing laws make it illegal for the landlord to choose tenants based on applicants’ race, color, sex, national origin, religion, handicap, and familial status. Smokers, however, are not a protected class.
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