Renting? Landlords, don’t forget the little things… especially the Protected Classes you cannot (& should not) Discriminate against!

Hey Fellow Landlords, March 17, 2011 18:46

I’m pleased to announce that we’ve filled two recent vacancies without losing much rent. Yes, there are qualifying Tenants that you’d want in your units. Under the Law we all know that we must take the first qualified Applicant. Qualified meaning we do not Discriminate against the 6 protected classes and if we use any other standards they MUST be applied consistently!

Beyond that, you’re on your own. For instance, It would have been nice to get someone in, by the middle of the month, so as we discussed this, we found a new Tenant did not like to move during the night (as some move outs have occurred). They wanted to pack carefully, take their time and unpack carefully, deciding where everything should go.

To seal the deal I remembered they had noticed a handle broken and one missing on the kitchen cabinets and also a discolored and a broken mini blind. Keep in mind the mindset of an Investor or Landlord. They’ve corrected/upgraded 29 things that needed to be done, often a huge task. However the 30th and 31st is all the potential Tenant or Buyer notices.  So I said, “I’ll take care of those things.” We know kitchen hardware is $2-4/piece and minis are $3.46. I replaced them all of course. So for just over a hundred dollars the place looks a little nicer and we’ve gotten that half month’s rent. Mike Hurney

Care to comment on the little things you’ve done and their impact? Switch plates, Wash the windows, shower curtain….

PS: Who’s in a Protected Class? that you cannot (& should not) discriminate against.

RE19RC12: Fair Housing

  1. Fair Housing defined

All home seekers shall have the opportunity to buy or rent any home in any neighborhood of their choice subject only to whether the home is within their financial capabilities.

  1. History of Anti-Discrimination and Fair Housing Laws in U.S.A.

III. Massachusetts Law – M.G.L. c. 151B, 804 CMR §§ 1, 2, 3 8, 10 & 12

Primary Massachusetts civil rights laws prohibit all discrimination in sale or rental of all residential and commercial real property. Virtually all residential land, housing accommodations, commercial space, and all land intended to be put to commercial use in the Commonwealth are covered by this law.

  1. Protected Classes
  2. What is a “protected class”?
  3. Federal law – seven protected classes.
Race Color National Origin
Religion Sex/Gender Familial Status
Disability/Handicap

 

  1. Massachusetts law adds eight additional protected classes.
Age Ancestry Children
Genetic Information Marital Status Public and/or Rental Assistance
Sexual orientation Veteran/Military Status Gender Identity (2012)

NEW HAMPSHIRE

IT IS ILLEGAL TO DISCRIMINATE IN THE SALE, RENTAL, OR FINANCING OF HOUSING ON THE BASIS OF:

RACE, COLOR, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX  (including sexual harassment)

FAMILIAL STATUS  (having children or pregnancy) PHYSICAL DISABILITY  (including AIDS infection)

SEXUAL ORIENTATION, MENTAL DISABILITY, AGE, MARITAL STATUS, RELIGION

 

http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/re/ceu/continuing-education-subject-matter-curricula/re19rc12-fair-housing.html

 

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO HOUSING IS THE LAW

IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

IT IS ILLEGAL TO DISCRIMINATE IN THE SALE, RENTAL, OR FINANCING OF HOUSING ON THE BASIS OF:

RACE, COLOR, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX  (including sexual harassment)

FAMILIAL STATUS  (having children or pregnancy) PHYSICAL DISABILITY  (including AIDS infection)

SEXUAL ORIENTATION, MENTAL DISABILITY, AGE, MARITAL STATUS, RELIGION

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR WOULD LIKE TO FILE A COMPLAINT

CALL 271-2767

NEW HAMPSHIRE COMMISSION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

CONCORD, NH 03301

www.state.nh.us/hrc/index.html

[email protected]

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