How to Avoid Violating Fair Housing Law
There are several steps landlords and property managers can take to prevent violating the Fair Housing Act: Familiarize yourself with the law: It is important to understand the provisions of the Fair Housing Act and to be aware of any state or local fair housing laws that may provide additional protections
Use consistent rental criteria
Establish clear and consistent rental criteria for all applicants and ensure that these criteria are applied equally to all applicants. Do not base rental decisions on any of the protected characteristics outlined in the Fair Housing Act.
Avoid discriminatory language
Be careful not to use language in advertisements or during the rental process that could be seen as discriminatory. This includes avoiding language that indicates a preference for or against certain groups of people based on their protected characteristics.
Make reasonable accommodations
If a tenant with a disability requests a reasonable accommodation, such as a wheelchair ramp or grab bars in the bathroom, consider the request and make the accommodation if it does not create an undue burden on the landlord.
Document all rental decisions and keep thorough records of all communications with applicants and tenants. This can help demonstrate that the rental decisions were made in a non-discriminatory manner.
By following these steps, landlords and property managers can help ensure that they are in compliance with the Fair Housing Act and avoid any potential violations.