If I informed a landlord both verbally and in writing thatI am a registered juvenile sex offender and they approve me to move in, can they later evict me?

Can they evict me after fliers are sent out just because the other residents are unhappy that I am living here, even though they knew and approved me knowing my past? Also, the background check they did disclosed this info?

Asked on February 24, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Texas


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, a landlord cannot reject an applicant for a tenancy just because he or she is a registered sex offender. In your situation, if your landlord accepts you as a tenant, he or she cannot terminate your tenancy just because you are a registered sex offender. Meaning, you cannot legally be discriminated just because you are a registered sex offender.

The termination of your tenancy must be based upon some breach of the agreement or the run of the lease just like a tenant who is not a registered sex offender.

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