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Owner RightsRental Property Owners have the right to:

  • Owners have a right to make legitimate inquiries as to whether or not a potential renter will be a responsible tenant for their property.
  • Owners have the right to ask for references, verify income, and check credit ratings of potential renters.
  • Owners may verify the prospective renter’s income and ability to pay.

  • Owners must treat all applicants and renters equally. Examine policies and application forms to ensure fairness and non‐discriminatory practices.

  • Owners must allow persons with physical disabilities to make alterations to the rental property at renter’s expense.

  • Owners must advertise in a non‐discriminatory manner, avoid making statements that indicate any limitations or preferences.

Rental Property Owners may not:

  • Owners may not discriminate against a potential renter on the basis of that person’s race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, or familial status (families with children under 18).
  • Owners may not refuse to rent to a person because they are receiving government financial assistance, including housing vouchers.

  • Owners may not set different terms, conditions, or privileges for the sale or rental of a dwelling based on the applicant’s race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, or familial status (families with children under 18); for example, requiring different amounts for a deposit or for the monthly rent from persons of a different national origin or because they have children.

  • Owners may not falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental based on any of the above discriminatory factors.

  • Owners may not discriminate when appraising a property.

  • Owners may not retaliate against anyone who is exercising their right to fair housing, or who is assisting someone else in exercising those rights.

*This information is not intended for legal advise.  All of the information in this document has been taken from the following website:

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. See Equal Housing Opportunity Statement for more information.

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