The federal government is sending a stern warning to landlords - that it's a violation of the Fair Housing Act to discriminate against ex-convicts trying to find a place to live.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued the warning as part of its Fair Housing Month that began on April 1st.
As reported in the New York Times, the paper says quote "private landlords who have blanket bans on renting to people with criminal records are in violation of the Fair Housing Act and can be sued and face penalties for discrimination."
HUD Chief Julián Castro issued the new guidelines on April 4th saying that the fair housing law applies to people with criminal records, not because they are a protected class of people, but because there's a disproportionately high number of African Americans and Hispanics that are arrested and convicted in the United States, and those two groups are protected by federal laws against discrimination.
Under these new guidelines, landlords cannot reject a prospective tenant because they answer "yes" to that little question on most rental AND job applications about whether they've ever been arrested. HUD says THAT cannot be used as a reason to keep someone from renting your property. After all, you are innocent until proven guilty, so an arrest record is not a good indicator of a person's potential bad behavior.
The question would be better stated, have you ever been convicted of a crime. At this point, these new guidelines are more far-reaching. HUD says landlords cannot have a "blanket ban" on renting to people with "convictions". But the rules are fuzzy. A landlord can take criminal history into consideration but there are no specific rules as to when a decision becomes discriminatory.
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