Ok, so I know I have written about this several times before. But apparently some people still haven’t gotten the message. So, one more time for the record—as a landlord, you cannot restrict the number of children at your property! Just don’t do it!
This issue hit my radar after I saw a recent Charge of Discrimination from The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). So what was the problem? Well, apparently there was a property management company in Alabama that purportedly had a policy against renting to families with more than two minor children. The issue was uncovered and reported to HUD after the Center for Fair Housing conducted testing on the property management company, which revealed that the property management company refused to rent to testers who claimed to have more than two minor children—even when the rental homes at issue had three or more bedrooms.
So what’s the bottom line? This is an easy one—unless you fall under a certain exception (e.g., housing for older persons), make sure that your policies do not in any way impede individuals with children from renting.