(A) Federal and state laws make it illegal for Landlord, Broker, or anyone to use RACE, COLOR, RELIGION or RELIGIOUS CREED, SEX, DISABILITY (physical or mental), FAMILIAL STATUS (children under 18 years of age), AGE (40 or older), NATIONAL ORIGIN, USE OR HANDLING/TRAINING OF SUPPORT OR GUIDE ANIMALS, or the FACT OR RELATIONSHIP OR ASSOCIATION TO AN INDIVIDUAL KNOWN TO HAVE A DISABILITY as reasons for refusing to sell, show, or rent properties, loan money, or set deposit amounts, or as reasons for any decision relating to the sale of property. The municipality in which the Property is located may have enacted an ordinance or other law that extends the protections for access to housing to additional classes of individuals, such as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and couples. Broker and Landlord are advised to check with your local municipality, representative from the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, or your own attorney for further guidance.
(B) The Fair Housing Act prohibits rental practices which have a discriminatory effect on members of protected classes, including outright bans on offering housing to individuals based on arrests or convictions without a case-by-case assessment of relevant mitigating factors. Consideration of an applicant’s criminal history must be limited to convictions and should include an evaluation of the nature and severity of the offense, the amount of time that has passed since the criminal conduct occurred, and whether denial of the application will serve a substantial, legitimate, nondiscriminatory interest. Selective use of an applicant’s criminal history as a pretext for intentional discrimination based on race, national origin, or other protected characteristics may be a violation of the Act, as well.