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?
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.
Continuing our long standing “Dear TZ” series, this blog post features a question that is frequently asked of Team Zuhl. Previous entries include:
- Dear TZ – How can I prepare my home to sell?
- Dear TZ – My home isn’t getting any showings! Help!
- Dear TZ – I found a great house but it needs a lot of work. Can a 203k help me?
- Dear TZ-30 Years is too long but I can’t afford to pay more per month!
- Dear TZ – My uncle told me I can save the commission if I sell on my own.
- Dear TZ – What does amortization mean?
- Dear TZ – I Want To Price a Little High to Leave Room For Negotiating
- Dear TZ – I want to fire my REALTOR!
- Dear TZ – What are the Boundaries to my Property?
- Dear TZ – Which home improvements give me the most return on my investment?
- Dear TZ – Can I add a handrail to the shower in my rented apartment?
- Dear TZ – Can I buy a home without a lot of money to put down?
- Dear TZ – What’s the Crime Rate in this Union County town?
- Dear TZ – Should I paint before I list my house?
- Dear TZ – What are credit bureaus, credit reports, and credit scores?
- Dear TZ – We think this house is haunted
- Dear TZ – Can I commute to NYC from Union County?
- Dear TZ – How do I choose a Realtor?
- Dear TZ – I owe more than my home is worth! What should I do?
- Dear TZ – Isn’t it harder to sell a home in the winter?
- Dear TZ – I think my house is worth more than my REALTOR thinks!
- Dear TZ – How do I know how much to offer on this house?
- Dear TZ: Do I really need to hire an attorney for this deal?
- Dear TZ – How do I show my home with pets?
- Dear TZ – How are the Schools in the towns that I want to buy a home?