Examples of What Could be Discrimination in Housing
Unfair treatment in housing happens a lot...
But not every unfair act is illegal. Below are some examples of what could be illegal discrimination in housing.
- A housing manager withholds privileges to tenants who are on public assistance.
- To be considered as a tenant, a housing manager requires those applicants who are on public assistance to have an income four times the rent. Those applicants not on public assistance only need two times the rent.
- A landlord says she/he cannot rent to a tenant anymore because she is pregnant.
- A landlord will not rent to a blind person who has a service animal. The landlord says, "No pets allowed." (A service animal is not a pet).
- A real estate agency will not show or sell houses in a particular neighborhood to racial minorities.
- Because she is a woman, a bank charges a female customer a higher interest rate for a home loan than it does for men who have the same creditworthiness.
- A land owner refuses to rent farmland to a single woman, but he will rent the land to a single man.
- A landlord requires a higher security deposit from renters with children than it does for renters without children.
- An appartment manager conducts background checks on rental applicants only of a certain race or national origin.