Landlord and Tenant Acts Provide Protection
Throughout most of the fifty United States of America landlord and tenant acts are remarkably similar in terms of the protections they afford both landlords and tenants. Most often, these acts fall under the jurisdiction of something commonly referred to as the Fair Housing Act which governs how landlords may rent housing to prospective tenants. It stipulates very clearly that landlords are not permitted to discriminate for any reason when choosing to whom they wish to rent a unit. This includes not discriminating based on religion, sex, sexual preference, race, or disability.
Most Landlord and Tenant Acts provide very clear methods that a person can utilize to file a complaint against a prospective landlord and the way in which the complaint must be investigated and dealt with. Landlord and Tenant Acts can also be governed under municipal provisions and dealt with on a municipal level, where possible.
Landlord and Tenant Acts in The USA
The Landlord and Tenant Acts of the United States of America restricts and prohibits any landlord from being discriminatory in their rental practices. This behavior is against the law and any landlord who willfully discriminates against any potential renter based on religion, race, sex, or disability can be prosecuted. If they are found guilty of having discriminated against a tenant attempting to rent a unit from them, they can be fined or, in rare cases, sent to prison.
Landlords are also not allowed to falsely denying that the rental unit is available because they wish to discriminate against someone who is attempting to rent it. Furthermore, all landlords are prohibited from setting different rental criteria based on their desire to discriminate against someone who is attempting to rent from them.
Tenants are protected under federal law from lenders who might choose to deny a loan based on any of these criteria as well. Anyone who suspects that they have been discriminated against based on religion, race, sex or disability, can file a complaint with the appropriate federal agency and their complaint will be investigated fully. If it is found that discrimination has occurred, the lender will be prosecuted by the federal government. Continue reading