Friday, April 30, 2010

Don't Accidentally Break Fair Housing or Discrimination Laws

The Civil Rights act of 1968, it's amendments, and other laws that have built upon it prohibit discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of property based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and the handicapped.

These laws have an extremely broad definition of discrimination leaving sellers and landlords highly vulnerable to frivolous lawsuits. One area of concern includes it's laws on "Steering". Quite often I have prospective out of state tenants responding from craigslist ads asking me what "type" of neighborhood a property is in. With the broad definition of steering, and the government employing people in an attempt to entrap sellers and landlords, it's wise to not answer this but rather direct them towards a website that will show detailed demographics of what ever zip code they are interested in so they can make that decision on their own.

Click Here for a great site that does that. Type the zip code of interest in their Zip Code Profiler search box.


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