Do landlords have to accept felons as tenants? 4 Answers as of June 20, 2011

What are the landlord's responsibilities, rights and obligations in regards to accepting felons as tenants?

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Law Offices of Steven A. Fink
Law Offices of Steven A. Fink | Steven Alan Fink
No. You can refuse a tenant on any grounds that are not illegal discrimination. Race, sex, national origin, religion, etc. cannot be used to prevent a tenant from renting. Felons can be discriminated against.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/20/2011
Frances R. Johnson
Frances R. Johnson | Frances R. Johnson
This may vary depending upon what state you reside in. Please call your local bar association which should be able to refer you to an attorney with experience in landlord-tenant law who can answer your question.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 6/20/2011
Law Office of Jared Altman
Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
No. A landlord does not have to accept a felon as a tenant. But, a landlord cannot discriminate in housing based on gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation or based on any other class that is protected under the law. However, if your landlord is receiving some of his rent from the County, then, maybe, there just might be some requirement that he accept felons. I really, really doubt it. But, check with your local municipal and/or county housing authorities.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 6/20/2011
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