Can I rent1 of my units only to persons 30 years of ageand over?

I want to avoid renting to younger people. Is it legal for me to rent only to persons at least 30 years old; I only have about 10 units total. I have always had problems with college age renters.

Asked on March 9, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country as well as federal law, one cannot per se discriminate on renting to a person based upon age. There are certain exceptions. For example in a retirement community, but that is another matter. For you to refuse to rent to a person solely because he or she is under the age of 30 could subject to to a legal action by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

You can refuse to rent to a person based on age, but you could as a result possibly end up in a lawsuit.


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