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.