Federal Fair Housing Act

The federal Fair Housing Act and Fair Housing Amendments Act (42 U.S. Code 3601-3619, 3631) prohibit landlords from choosing tenants on the basis of a group characteristic such as:

On the other hand, landlords are allowed to select tenants using criteria based on valid business reasons, such as requiring a minimum income or positive references from previous landlords, as long as these standards are applied equally to all tenants.

The Fair Housing Act and Amendments prohibit landlords from taking any of the following actions based on race, religion or any other protected category, such as:


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