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6 Things Every DC Renter Should Know

By |November 21st, 2018|Tenant Tips|

1. First, check if your landlord has a business license If they don't, you have a ton of power. Renting without a business license can result in the landlord receiving a $1000 to $3000 fine on average for a first time offender (DC is harsh!). If the landlord is refusing to make a repair that costs $500, it's a no-brainer to point out these fines. If they try to raise your rent, you can refuse to pay the increase - it's illegal to raise the rent without a business license. Basically, your rights as a tenant expand ten-fold if they are renting without a license. Check here. 2. Housing inspections are typically the best answer If you're already fighting with your landlord or the problems are severe, calling a housing inspection is probably the best answer. It's free, relatively fast [...]

Hurricane Michael: Tenant Rights and Who Pays for What

By |October 11th, 2018|Tenant Tips|

It seems like just yesterday we wrote about Hurricane Florence. Here's what panhandle and Georgian renters need to know... What if my apartment gets damaged? First, take lots of pictures (RenterPeace can help keep your documentation organized). Then make sure to tell your landlord about all the damages, even minor ones. They probably have tons of properties and don't have time to do deep walkthroughs of every single place - by proactively telling them about the problems, you make sure that you're a priority. In every state except for Arkansas, landlords are legally required to fix severe problems at their cost and maintain working utilities to the extent it's under their control - this includes Florida and Georgia. Check RenterPeace for laws on whether the landlord needs to fix specific problems. Make sure to remind your landlord that FEMA may cover the [...]

How to Hold Landlords Accountable

By |October 5th, 2018|Tenant Tips|

All it takes to become a landlord is to own property. While many tenants have to undergo a credit check just to live somewhere, you never see such transparency from landlords. But, there is a simple way to hold landlords accountable! It can be as easy as just telling your story. Learn Your Rights Learning your rights on your own is normally tricky. Try Googling your problem and most of the results will be law firm blog posts that intentionally make the law complicated to make you feel like they're the only ones that can explain it to you. But RenterPeace makes it easy and free. Just visit the RenterPeace law page and search for your problem - no login required. You'll instantly see laws targeted for your jurisdiction. The app will guess your region based on your computer's location - you [...]

Sex, Gender, and LGBT-Based Discrimination in Wisconsin Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|WI|

Wisconsin law (and federal law) protects tenants from discrimination based on their sex or gender. This covers everything from offering lower rent for sexual favors to advertising men or women only apartments. Wisconsin also protects tenants from discrimination for their sexual orientation. The law offers some indirect protections for tenants who were discriminated against for their gender identity. Sexism Wisconsin law and federal law protect tenants from discrimination based on their sex (e.g., male, female). This protects tenants from most kinds of sexist acts, including pressuring a tenant to rent or not rent based on people of a certain sex in the neighborhood, refusing to make reasonable accommodations based on a tenant's sex, refusing to allow the tenant to make to make reasonable modifications to suit their sex, denying an apartment or application based on their sex, denying a loan [...]

Can Landlords Reject Tenants with Housing Vouchers in Wisconsin?

By |September 12th, 2018|WI|

Dane County requires landlords to accept vouchers from tenants, but other localities in Wisconsin do not. Click here for the latest updates. Voucher Policy Landlords cannot deny tenants an apartment (or otherwise discriminate against them) based on the fact that their income (or part of their income) comes from government financial assistance programs including Section 8 vouchers. Aside from denying an application, landlords cannot charge voucher holders more, segregate them to a different section of a building than non-voucher holders, or provide them different services or amenities from non-Section 8 tenants. Wis. Stat. 106.50 , Wis. Stat. Sec. 106.50 . Enforcement and Reporting Problems Enforcement is handled by the local government of Dane County. Tenants should report problems and see details with that locality's law. The localities that offer such protections are changes quickly, so please check the latest information. [...]

Age Discrimination in Wyoming Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|WY|

Wyoming does not directly prohibit landlords from discriminating against tenants based on their age. However, landlords should be careful to avoid discriminating against children and families (whom are protected under federal and state law). Additionally, discriminating against a senior because of their disability is prohibited under federal and state fair housing law which protects those with mental and physical health conditions. Segregating by Age A typical technique by landlords to minimize conflict between tenants is to group sections of buildings or advertise units for certain ages. For example, a landlord may advertise a trendy and loud neighborhood to younger tenants. A landlord might list a home in a quiet neighborhood is best for the elderly. Wyoming landlords are free to advertise units as ideal for certain age groups and to deny housing to people who do not fit those criteria [...]

Discrimination Against Mental or Physical Health Conditions in Wyoming Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|WY|

Wyoming and federal law give tenants strong protections when landlords discriminate against their mental or physical health conditions. Landlords are required to provide reasonable accommodations for tenants' handicaps. What's Covered? Wyoming and federal law cover mental and physical health-related handicaps. A "health condition" is much broader than a diagnosed disease in official medical books. It can be any mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. Conditions that may not obviously be a disability qualify for protection, such as a sports injury, hoarding tendencies, or paranoia. Of course, medically diagnosed conditions also qualify, such as HIV, cancer, Alzheimer's, or bipolar disorder. The law also covers tenants that had a history of such an impairment and tenants who have been regarded as having such an impairment. Wyo. Stat. 40-26-107 , Wyo. Stat. 40-26-144 , Wyo. Stat. [...]

Discrimination of Families, Pregnant Women, and Children in Wyoming Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|WY|

It is illegal in Wyoming (and federally) for landlords to discriminate against tenants based on their having children, being pregnant, or otherwise their familial status. Children must be provided equal access to all facilities and services offered to adults. Family Restrictions Most types of restrictions on families with children violate Wyoming and federal law. For example, charging tenants with children higher rent or a higher deposit, advertising an apartment as being only for families (or not for families), putting an age limit for children, and placing all families in one part of the building are all illegal. Wyo. Stat. 40-26-107 , Wyo. Stat. 40-26-144 , Wyo. Stat. Sec. 40-26-103 . Rights of Children Landlords that treat children and adults differently are violating the law that prohibits landlords from discriminating against a tenant's familial status. Thus, prohibiting children from playing in [...]

Discrimination of Source of Income in Wyoming Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|WY|

Wyoming does not protect tenants from landlords who deny an apartment application based on the type of job they have. There are few exceptions when the job is related to the tenant's gender, race, religion, or other protected categories under the Fair Housing Act. Some states, counties, and cities may block landlords from discriminating against Section 8 Voucher tenant applicants and landlords should know it's illegal to have a blanket policy of denying all applicants with a criminal record. Section 8 Voucher Recipients Wyoming does not prohibit landlords from denying tenants because they are a Section 8 voucher holder. To the best of our research, we did not find any cities or counties in this state that prohibit denying voucher holders. However, a few states and cities are considering such a prohibition so please check back periodically. Locations with Section [...]

Racial Discrimination in West Virginia Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|WV|

West Virginia protects tenants from discriminatory practices by their landlord based on their race, color, national origin, and ancestry. Similarly, tenants also have protection under the federal law from discrimination based on their race, color, and national origin. Discriminatory Actions Discrimination is broader than just saying a certain race cannot rent an apartment. Discrimination includes: denying an apartment or application based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestryadvertising an apartment that's for or not for a person based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestrydenying an applicant the opportunity to inspect the apartment based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestryrefusing to make reasonable accommodations based on a tenant's race, color, national origin, or ancestrydenying a loan based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestrypressuring a tenant to rent or not rent based on people of [...]