If one neighbor must pay more than others due to either age or race, is that discrimination?

An elderly friend’s rent is being raised to $410 per month to renew a 6 month or 1 year lease on her roadside view apartment (that advertises for $373 per mo.) Yet her across-the-hall neighbor, who is in what should be a more expensive location (courtyard view) is paying only $365 on a month-to-month renewal. The courtyard view apartment advertises for $422 per month. I suspect my friend is being discriminated against either because she is elderly or because of her race (she is from India.) She has never caused any trouble at the apartment complex. Does she have any recourse?

Asked on March 11, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Alabama

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