Is it legal for a apartment leasing company to request or require the birth certificates of my children before we move in?

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Is it legal for a apartment leasing company to request or require the birth certificates of my children before we move in?

They say it is to show that they are citizens.

Asked on July 13, 2010 under Real Estate Law, Arizona

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I would have to agree with you that this request sounds a bit on the odd side. First of all, your status herein the United States may be an issue for the apartment leasing company - and their approach on that concern could be seen as discriminatory - but the minor children's status should not be an issue at all.  Here is what I would do: ask the leasing company what is the basis of their request? If they state that it is their policy then ask what law that policy is based upon.  If something sounds fishy go and speak with someone on the matter.  If they are basing their selection of renters on an improper basis then they need to be stopped. Good luck.


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