Are sex offenders a protected class under fair housing laws?
At Real Property Management, we take credit and criminal background checks, and fair housing laws seriously, where statistics show many property managers do not. Tenant laws and regulations can be unclear and an inexperienced landlord may not know how to deal with certain situations.
True or False? You are legally required to rent your home to an otherwise qualified registered sex offender.
Fair housing laws were put into place to prevent discrimination against certain characteristics such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability but they do not protect against those with a criminal background or sex offenses*. Please check with your local legal counsel on local, state, and federal laws and ordinances.
Sex offenders are required by federal law to register their permanent address to a national database. As of 2015, there were over 747,000 registered sex offenders nationwide in the U.S. Many of these types of criminals will strike again, with 70% most likely to commit a crime after release from jail (non-sexual) and 2.7% likely to commit another sex crime after being released. Because sex offenders are not a protected class within fair housing laws, a landlord or property manager is in no way obligated to rent to one.
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We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. See Equal Housing Opportunity Statement for more information.