Today, our topic is fair housing, and the legal requirements you need to be aware of. First, you have to determine who selects the tenant for your home. At Smooth Sailing Realty & Property Management, we believe the property owner should have a say in the decision. After all, it’s your rental home and you should have some idea of who will be living in it.
Advertising and Marketing
When you are advertising your property for rent, or marketing it to a pool of potential renters, you have to be very careful about the language you choose in your advertisements and signs. Fair housing laws include strict and complicated guidelines for what you can and cannot say.
It’s very important to treat every applicant equally when you are screening your tenants. Each application has to be judged based on the same criteria. You cannot make allowances for one applicant that you would not make for all applicants.
First Come, First Served
The third thing you need to know is that you have to accept applications and offer approvals on a first come, first served basis.
These are details in the fair housing laws that are complicated. When you’re looking for a tenant and establishing a screening process, it’s important to hire a professional so you get it right. Fair housing lawsuits can be detrimental and costly to your rental property business in Sacramento.
If you have any questions about fair housing laws or property management issues in general, please contact us at Smooth Sailing Realty and Property Management, and we’d be happy to help you.