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Maria Gilda Racelis

You Can’t Reject Section 8 Tenants!

fair housing xRejecting tenants based on source of income, specifically Section 8, could be a potential Fair Housing Act violation.

The State of Connecticut mirrors the Federal fair housing laws.

But the state also includes lawful source of income among the protected classes. Hence, it is illegal for landlords to deny rental opportunities to people whose source of income included federal or state housing assistance or subsidy such as vouchers from Section 8.

Most of the calls we received asked if “we accept Section 8”. Some landlords refuse to lease their properties to “Section 8” tenants because of their past bad experience. But if the rent is 100 percent paid by Manchester Housing Authority or any government and non-profit agencies, that is a guaranteed monthly rent coming in for the landlord.

Anyway, the decision lies on the landlord. But he can’t instruct us to discriminate applicants. We have across-the-board screening process. Even if the rent will be paid by a voucher, we still require a credit report.

The credit report will show if the applicants are good or bad candidates. A habitual delinquency on telephone, cable or electric bills tells a lot about the individuals.

Therefore, the landlord can refuse to lease his property based on what is reported on the applicant’s credit and not on the source of income.

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Maria Gilda Racelis
I am a full-time realtor and a no-nonsense individual when it comes to rendering services to my clients. I take my job and the responsibility it entails seriously. My clients come first. I ensure that they know and feel I am working for their best interest. However, I do not carry out tasks to compromise my principle. I conduct my business with pride, honesty and integrity.
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