posted on Mar, 28 2011 @ 11:22 AM
Unless the tattooed people bring in some "protected class" argument, the landlord can pick and choose who lives there.
The landlord will only get into trouble if the angry applicants find other tattooed people living there, and those other people happen to be single,
or married, or a different skin color, etc. If the "real" reason was familial status, or race, or disability, then the landlord is fried, but
otherwise his choice is his choice.
He should probably updated his application to ask the question, and then he can easily deny the applications if someone lies about their tattoos.
Also, if someone really wanted to live there, they could claim religious or veteran status for the tattoos. The landlord cannot discriminate on those
bases, so if the applicant claims the art is part of initiation in a special military or religious group, then the applicant is protected.