“Private landlords who have blanket bans on renting to people with criminal records are in violation of the Fair Housing Act and can be sued and face penalties for discrimination, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development said.”
“Federal officials said landlords must distinguish between arrests and convictions and cannot use an arrest to ban applicants. In the case of applicants with convictions, property owners must prove that the exclusion is justified and consider factors like the nature and severity of the crime in assessing prospective tenants before excluding someone.”
For the full article in the New York Times, click here.
You can access the Arizona Residential Landlord Tenant Act at the Arizona Department of Housing.
Be safe. Be understanding that a blanked ban on convictions or criminal records will be met with vigorous enforcement by HUD.
Kathy Howe, Owner/Administrator/Educator
- how2educate LLC
- 1120 W SR89A, B5
- Sedona, AZ 86336