06 Apr When Laws Collide
Spread The Word!
Call Your Legislators!
Once again we have two branches of our government that are telling us (landlords) to do opposite things with huge penalties if we do not obey them!
Yesterday, the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a letter about the Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real Estate Related Transaction. They specifically suggest that the “disparate impact” of using criminal background to screen tenants is discrimination.
Yet we have been told by many local governments that we cannot rent to people with criminal backgrounds. And, in many communities with Crime Free housing laws, if someone is arrested (merely accused of a crime) we can be forced to evict them. Now at the Federal level, we are being told that we can’t draw a line in the sand and refuse to rent based on a person having a criminal background.
If you own rental property you need to be aware of this, and be taking action now. What action? Get on the phone and call your Senator and Representative in Washington, DC, your Senator and Representative in Springfield, and the City Officials in any community where you own rental property.
You can find contact information at:
- Federal Members of Congress
- Illinois State Representatives
- Local – search your various municipalities on the Internet
Please post this information throughout social media.