Can I be refused renting a home due to a new and first dui charge

I got a dui in may and we just went to court and its finally showing up on my credit and criminal record. I am in the process of trying to move to a new rental home in another town nearby. Can the dui charge give the landlord the right to not rent to me even though I have paid my rent on time for over 30 years and never had a dui before? If they stop me from renting – then what do I do, how do I get around it? My lease is up on Oct1st and the place is already re-rented

Asked on September 14, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Arizona

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If you already have a new signed lease, the landlord is obligated to it and must rent to you, as per the lease (e.g. for the length or term of the lease). If you don't currently have a new lease, a landlord may refuse to rent to you due to a DUI; landords have a great deal of discretion about who to rent to, and criminal backgrounds (especially recent ones) and potential evidence of a substance abuse problem (and a DUI can be both) are accepted grounds to not lease to someone.


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