1. The Fair Housing Act protects people with physical
disabilities but does not apply to mental disabilities.
2. An Asian applicant requests an above ground unit and
the only available unit is next to another tenant who
dislikes Asians. A landlord can reject the Asian
applicant’s request to avoid conflicts between the two
3. Sexual Harassment of tenants and applicants is a
violation of the Fair Housing Act.
4. Tenants with children can be told they have to live
ground floor units so as not to bother other tenants.
5. Residents who use a wheelchair can be charged a
higher security deposit because they will cause more
wear and tear in the apartment.
6. Siblings who are of the opposite sex must sleep in
separate bedrooms if the landlord has a written policy.
7. A landlord can reject applicants with children due to
lead poisoning concerns.
8. A landlord may NOT obtain a pet deposit from
residents who will have a service or companion animal
living with them.
9. If a disabled person in a wheelchair requests an
above-ground apartment, a landlord can reject this
request and insist on putting them on the ground floor
based on liability reasons.
10. It is illegal for property owners to knowingly rent
to undocumented immigrants.
11. An advertisement for a 1 bedroom apt. is placed in
the local paper seeking a “single, young professional”.
This is an example of an illegal advertisement.
12. A tenant with a brain injury requests that the
landlord give a verbal reminder to pay rent once a
month. The landlord is not required to take on this
13. Only guide dogs that are certified and specially
trained are acceptable as service animals under fair
14. Housing for older persons permits discrimination
based upon familial status.
- The federal Fair Housing Act protects persons with
physical and mental disabilities, including
HIV/AIDS, alcoholics, and previous drug users.
However, the law does not protect a person who is
currently using illegal drugs.
This is an example of 'national origin'
discrimination. A tenant has the right to live in
any unit for which he/she qualifies. If there
is racial tension between other tenants, a housing
provider should take immediate action in order to
avoid being held liable for a fair housing
Sexual harassment in
housing is gender discrimination under fair housing
laws which protect women and men from coercion,
threats, or intimidation when interfering with their
This is an example of “steering” a tenant based on
their familial status.
Such policies limit the housing choices for
families with children (which are not limiting for
people without children) and violate the fair
4. FALSE -
A landlord may not charge a higher security deposit
for a tenant who has a disability.
Liability is not an excuse to treat a tenant
differently. This would be an example of enforcing
different terms and conditions upon a tenant due to
6. FALSE -
Mandating that boys and girls have separate bedrooms
is a violation of the fair housing laws.
The decision over sleeping arrangements in a
household is left to that family, not the housing
7. FALSE -
HUD has issued a memo on this issue stating that
while a housing provider may affirmatively market
that a unit contains lead paint, he/she may not deny
or move to evict a tenant for this reason. The
tenant has the right to decide if the unit is
appropriate for his or her family.
8. TRUE -
It is illegal under the Fair Housing laws to request
a pet deposit for a “service animal”. This would be
an example of a reasonable accommodation because the
pet is not a choice but rather a necessity.
Therefore the animal is not considered a “pet” in
9. FALSE -
This is an example of "steering". Such
policies limit the housing choices of people with
disabilities. A person has the right to live
in any unit for which he/she qualifies.
Liability is never a reason to discriminate.
10. FALSE - It
is not illegal for a housing provider to knowingly
rent to undocumented migrants. However, if a
housing providers sets a policy that all tenants
must be eligible to legally reside in the United
States, he/she must require ALL applicants to
provide proof of such eligibility.
11. TRUE - An ad
that shows a preference for 'single' individuals
discourages families with children from renting a
unit. In addition, some localities, such as
Philadelphia, also prohibit discrimination against
marital status, thus this ad could potentially
violate more than one protected class.
Furthermore, the term 'young professional'
also may violated the Fair Housing Act by
discouraging tenants who are elderly, unable to work
due to a disability, and families with children.
12. FALSE - This
is an example of a Reasonable Accommodation.
Unless a housing provider can show that giving
monthly reminders to a tenant would impose an undue
financial or administrative burden or fundamentally
alter the way in which services are provider, then
he/she must grant this request.
- Support or service animals can be an animal that
works, provides assistance, performs tasks for the
benefit of a person with a disability, or provides
emotional support that alleviates one or more
identified symptoms or effects of a person's
disability. Such animals do not have to be
trained in order to be considered a support or
TRUE - Discrimination based on
familial status will not apply to housing qualifying
for exempted status as housing for older people;
“Housing for older persons” is housing:
any federal or state program that the PHRC
determines is specifically designed and operated
to assist elderly persons as defined in the
federal or state program;
is intended for
and solely occupied by persons 62 years of age
or older; or,
is intended and
operated for occupancy by at least one person 55
years of age or older per units