Rent and Discrimination

June 27, 2017


Dear TZ,

I’m trying to rent an apartment and we found one that’s perfect but the owner said they won’t rent to us because I have a child. Isn’t that discrimination?

Daddy Renter

Dear Daddy,forrent

In most cases, owners can’t determine the familial status of the renter. In most cases, it’s also illegal for the owner to discriminate based on color, religion, national origin, or sex. But in the case of an owner occupied multi-family dwelling, the owner does indeed have the right to be more selective in choosing the renter. 

If you feel that you’ve been discriminated against, you should file a complaint with Housing and Urban Development. Owner occupants, however, may legally choose the person to whom they rent.

Team Zuhl



Continuing our long standing “Dear TZ” series, this blog post features a question that is frequently asked of Team Zuhl. Previous entries include: