Commentary: Fair Housing issues more common than you think

June 20, 2007
When was the last fair housing or Public Accommodations Act issue you came across? Never, you say. Let's think about that.
     Ever have a landlord inquire as to how to reduce his or her risk for claims because a child living in the apartment was poisoned by lead-based paint? Ever have a client selling his or her home who wished to meet every potential purchaser personally to be sure they would "fit in with the neighbors?" Shouldn't the landlord be able to enforce a requirement that potential tenants have a credit score of at least X? Must the landlord allow a housing inspection because the potential tenant is receiving the Section 8 housing subsidy?