Fair housing rules are guidelines on how not to discriminate. Race, religion, familial status, or lawful source of income are examples of protected classes.
This may seem pretty simple. It is not.
Let’s say the prospective tenant works nights, and s/he needs to sleep during the day. The unit we’re looking at is next to a church that bongs its bells loudly every Sunday at 9am. I can’t reveal that the place is next to a church, even if the prospective tenant will be disturbed by the bells. Because they’re church bells. Mentioning a school or place of worship could make someone feel that the unit is only for people who go to that church or have kids in that school.
Quiz! Guess which one of these is discriminatory:
a.) “Great for roommates!”
b.) “Great for roommates because the bedrooms aren’t next to each other!”
c.) “Great for roommates or anyone else!”
However, “Equal Housing Opportunity” doesn’t mean “Section 8 Accepted.” Section 8 is a government housing voucher system. Vouchers can only be used in buildings qualified for Section 8. In order for a building to qualify, the government inspects and certifies the building, and the landlord must fill out lots of paperwork. Some landlords don’t want to do that. We’ve gotten calls from people who thought that “Equal Housing Opportunity” means “Section 8.” Nope. Try here if you’re looking for Section 8.