Can I be denied an apartment lease for a drug addiction related felony 7 years ago?

Asked on January 15, 2013 under Real Estate Law, Texas


B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Some apartments can and will exclude tenants from having a criminal history.  Apartment leases are contractual agreements where both sides can set terms.  The apartment company can set any term as long as it doesn't violate federal discrimination laws  -- like not renting to someone just because they are a minority.  Having a criminal history is not considered a "protected class" for the purposes of these laws-- so yes, they can deny you an apartment on this basis.

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