Do you know the current fair housing laws and how they affect you as a landlord? According to HUD, discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status or disability is against the law. It is unlawful to discriminate in the sale, rental, advertising, financing, or providing of brokerage services for housing.
Did you know that you have to make accommodations for people with disabilities when requested? The Fair Housing Act requires landlords to grant tenants reasonable accommodations if needed for a disability. Reasonable accommodations may include a wheelchair ramp, handle in the shower, allowing a seeing-eye dog even with a no pet policy-and you can not charge any fees or deposits for the dog. Some disabilities are immediately obvious. Others are not so apparent, such as a heart condition or asthma. If the disability would not be immediately obvious to a reasonable person, you may ask for verification of the disability and the need for the accommodation at the time the accommodation request is made. That verification can come from a medical professional or social service organization. Do not ask for verification if the disability is obvious.
Detailed information on the Florida Fair Housing Act can be found in the Florida Statutes Title XLIV Chapter 760, Part II and can be found here:
Orlando Inland Realty, LLC. has knowledgeable Realtors who can assist you with any questions you may have in regards to Fair Housing or any related questions regarding your home investment. If we do not know the answer to your question, we work with a local Property Management Attorney who can help us find the answer. Feel free to call us at 407-284-7684.