The Fair Housing Acts prohibit landlords from taking any of the following actions based on race, religion, or any other protected category:
- falsely denying that a rental unit is available to some applicants
- advertising that indicates a preference based on group characteristic, such as skin color
- setting more restrictive standards, such as higher income, for certain tenants
- refusing to reasonably accommodate the needs of disabled tenants, such as allowing a guide dog, hearing dog, or other service animal
- setting different terms for some tenants, such as adopting an inconsistent policy of responding to late rent payments, or
- terminating a tenancy for a discriminatory reason.
For more information, see Every Landlord's Guide to Finding Great Tenants, by Janet Portman (Nolo).