Landlord Quick Tip

Tip #62: House Rules
landlord helpFair housing complaints are on the rise, in part because of the government’s “zero-tolerance” policy towards discrimination claims.
One sure way to get into trouble with fair housing and state discrimination laws is to apply your “house rules” unevenly. If you make a rule, for example limiting the number of guests, use of common areas or pets, make sure you enforce it – all the time.
If a discrimination claim is lodged, investigators will look for evidence that you let some tenants slide while penalizing others. Showing documentation that you have applied your rules consistently could go a long way to defending against government fines and claims for damages.

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