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
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