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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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Categories: Landlords, Renters
Tags: fair housing, lease applications, protected classes, renters, landlords


Sue on 04/17/2014

I think the property owners all have different time limits. Where I live they change the carpeting every 5 years. You would have to check with your property manager. I know that isn’t easy as with my property manager she would become suspicious as to why I am asking such a question. But then my manager is shady and commits illegal acts. Many tenants are afraid of her as she charges any kind of fee to get money from renters. I would ask other renters if they had their carpet changed out and see how long they had the previous carpeting if they have lived there a for a long spell.
Anyway, again, I hope this helps you.

Victor Trevino on 04/09/2014

what is the time limit that a landlord can charge for carpet wear and tear?

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