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The Obama administration released a warning Monday telling the nation’s landlords that it may be discriminatory for them to refuse to rent to those with criminal records.
The Fair Housing Act doesn’t include criminals as a protected class, but the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says refusing to rent based on a criminal record is a form of racial discrimination, due to racial imbalances in the U.S. justice system.
originally posted by: Robbo2006
a reply to: xuenchen
I read that link and it doesn't say who you can discriminate against. In oz you can't discriminate against anyone. Down under you choose who you want out of many applicants, Maybe the president needs some business advice, Wonder who would be good at that ? Lol.
originally posted by: xuenchen
The claim is that it might be "discriminatory" to weed out criminals from rental situations.
originally posted by: enlightenedservant
When you're convicted of a crime, you have to "make it up" to society. That may be through fines, community service, imprisonment, or other measures. But once you've paid your debt to society, you should be treated like a normal citizen. So in short, I agree with this policy.
The new guideline includes one major exception that will benefit landlords: It is never illegal, HUD says, for landlords to block renting to those convicted of manufacturing or distributing illegal drugs. dailycaller.com...