Lead-based Paint and Other “Unsafe” Living Conditions
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It is illegal under the Fair Housing Act to not rent to families with children. Case law has stated that a landlord cannot discourage a potential tenant or determine for them that a property is safe or unsafe for their children.
Examples of “unsafe” conditions include:
- Steep stairways
- The presence of a balcony
- Busy streets
- The presence of dangerous equipment
Case law has determined that it is up to parents to determine if a situation is appropriate for their children, not for the landlord to make that determination for them. The presence of lead-based paint is a similar situation.
If you live in Philadelphia, Southeast Pennsylvania or Lehigh Valley and have questions about familial status discrimination in housing, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-540-FAIR or complete an online form.