Can a landlord deny tenancy based solely on CRIMINAL RECORD?

There is currently a court case in Pierce County where the attorney general’s office believes it is discriminatory for a landlord to screen tenants based upon criminal history!!!  Are felons and sex offenders now a protected class? Or does screening tenants based upon criminal records violate the Fair Housing Act?

 

The case involves a property manager in Tacoma who screened the tenant based upon criminal history.

 

The lawsuit has yet to be decided.

 

I recommend seeking the advice of legal counsel to ensure that you have sufficient protocols to avoid legal prosecution against discrimination or violating the Fair Housing Act.

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