Most state and local laws prohibiting housing discrimination echo federal antidiscrimination law. But some laws forbid additional types of discrimination—such as discrimination based on marital status—that aren’t covered by federal law. For example, in states that prohibit discrimination based
A landlord is legally free to set whatever conditions he wants for a tenancy as long as they are reasonably related to his business needs and don’t violate antidiscrimination laws. The Federal Fair Housing Acts (42 U.S. Code § § 3601-3619) prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion,
I'm disabled with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and depression. I was told by my primary care physician and my pulmonary specialist that I should use a stationary bike to exercise regularly. My landlord, a building manager for a HUD subsidized public housing authority, failed to comply with my request for more space so I could in fact use my bike (I want to move to a slightly larger apartment, which has a place for the bike). Is this illegal under fair housing laws?
If you believe that a landlord has unlawfully discriminated against you, you can try to work things out with the landlord, or you can take advantage of the powerful federal and state antidiscrimination laws. â
Rare is the tenant who, having asserted her rights, has not been rewarded with a landlord payback—whether in the form of petty harassment, a rent hike, or an all-out termination and eviction. The good news for most of you is that landlord retaliation is illegal in most states—landlords who engage