Fair Housing rules (by jb [IL]) Jun 12, 2018 10:14 AM|
Fair Housing rules (by Vee [OH]) Jun 12, 2018 11:02 AM
Fair Housing rules (by plenty [MO]) Jun 12, 2018 12:54 PM
Fair Housing rules (by BRAD. 20,000 [IN]) Jun 12, 2018 12:56 PM
Fair Housing rules (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jun 12, 2018 1:03 PM
Fair Housing rules (by jb [IL]) Jun 12, 2018 1:28 PM
Fair Housing rules (by AllyM [NJ]) Jun 12, 2018 1:58 PM
Fair Housing rules (by JB [OR]) Jun 12, 2018 8:36 PM
Fair Housing rules (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jun 12, 2018 10:58 PM
Fair Housing rules (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Jun 13, 2018 7:17 AM
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Fair Housing rules (by jb [IL]) Posted on: Jun 12, 2018 10:14 AM
In a survey of potential tenants, I'd like to ask how many people will be living in the house and whether they are family members.
Am I able to ask these questions? Would it be familial discrimination to prefer a married couple to two roommates?
Fair Housing rules (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jun 12, 2018 11:02 AM
You need a background/credit check on everyone over 18, that with an exclusive use lease will probably answer the question of married, if unmarried you may want to adopt that each person is able to satisfy the 3xrent requirement that HUD uses. --76.188.xxx.xx
Fair Housing rules (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jun 12, 2018 12:54 PM
I think... How many people. Is ok. Better double check that for your state. Some will answer Four, other's will say 2 adults 2 kids. --99.203.xx.xxx
Fair Housing rules (by BRAD. 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jun 12, 2018 12:56 PM
“How many PERSONS? Or PEOPLE?” Yes.
Family members? No. You cannot decide what makes up a family.
Married? No. And honestly these days there is little difference.
Fun facts: Familal Status started as “PREGNANT?” and has evolved into “you can’t tell me my cousin/ best friend/ old lady we’ve cared for over 25 years is not part of the family”.
I expect “fur babies” are not far behind as legal “family members”:)
Fair Housing rules (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jun 12, 2018 1:03 PM
Do you have kids? No. Like plenty said, if THEY offer child info that's up to them, but YOU cannot do anything with it.
Calculating boys vs girls in bedroom layouts? No. THAT is up to the parents, not the LL. Example: Mom, Dad, Son, Daughter: you must allow them a 2 bedroom home.
You CAN require everyone 18+ to complete an application.
Fair Housing rules (by jb [IL]) Posted on: Jun 12, 2018 1:28 PM
FHA defines a family member. Trying to understand if I can determine if all who are living in the home fall into the categories below:
Family Member is defined as follows, regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation,
gender identity, or legal marital status:
• child, parent, or grandparent;
o a child is defined as a son, stepson, daughter, or stepdaughter;
o a parent or grandparent includes a step-parent/grandparent or foster
• spouse or domestic partner;
• legally adopted son or daughter, including a child who is placed with the Borrower by an
authorized agency for legal adoption;
• foster child;
• brother, stepbrother;
• sister, stepsister;
• aunt; or
• son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law
of the Borrower. --70.62.xxx.xxx
Fair Housing rules (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 12, 2018 1:58 PM
I just ask "How many people will be living in the apartment" I was on the phone with one young woman and she said just her but then shushed a child in the background. I can have a child there easily but she's lying. She has not responded to my questions about income etc. --73.178.xxx.xx
Fair Housing rules (by JB [OR]) Posted on: Jun 12, 2018 8:36 PM
Several years ago I remember reading about an old-fashioned landlord who refused to rent to an unmarried heterosexual couple simply because they were unmarried. They sued him. The judge said he had the right to decline them; they were not a protected class.
Now if they were a same sex couple that wouldn't fly today I'm sure. --50.45.xxx.xx
Fair Housing rules (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jun 12, 2018 10:58 PM
Logical thinking will get a LL into deep trouble. The laws are not logical nor are the attys and judges. People can play with the words all day long but in the end it costs thousand$$$ to defend yourself.
My position: don't poke the bear. Play their game their way.
Fair Housing rules (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2018 7:17 AM
I don't like roommates. Inherently unstable situation. It takes a lot of maturity to be a successful roommate, and most young people are not that mature. Any unmarried couple living together are just roommates.
I have a Roommate Agreement that I email out to roommate applicants. It is an intimidating document for young people who just think it would be a blast to get a roommate and their own place. It spells out in detail what "joint and severable" means in the lease -- how they are taking on each other's legal responsibilities. The Agreement works great -- I email it out and never hear from the applicants again! --98.146.xxx.xxx
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