Is it discrimination if an a company that owns several apartment communities has different qualification guides lines for each?

My application was denied at one community due to my husband’s 23 year old felon conviction which was not a violent felony conviction. I saw that at 1 of their communities that it had to be in the past 10 years and it had to be a violent felony which they go in to describing as rape, murder and armed robbery. My husband has not had any of the abovementioned. The president wrote me a letter stating that the 3rd party company rule was company wide, which is not the case and stated that the decision was final due to fair housing, they did not offer me the dispute form that is on their website.

Asked on October 14, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Louisiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, even if they are inconsistent in how they treat felony convictions or criminal records more generally, they are allowed to be inconsistent and to refuse to rent to you and your husband in your state, there is no protection in housing applications for people with criminal records, so they can legally and arbitrarily refuse to rent on this basis.


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