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

By |September 12th, 2018|CT|

Connecticut 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. Connecticut also has strong protections against LGBT discrimination. Sexism Connecticut 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 charging different rent or offering different amenities based on sex, denying an apartment or application based on their sex, building a place that is inaccessible, denying a loan based on their sex, denying an applicant the opportunity to inspect the apartment based on their sex, falsely stating an apartment is not available because of the tenant's sex, refusing to make reasonable accommodations based on a tenant's sex, advertising an apartment that's for or [...]

Can Landlords Reject Tenants with Housing Vouchers in Connecticut?

By |September 12th, 2018|CT|

In Connecticut, landlords are forbidden from denying tenants solely because they are recipients of housing vouchers or other government assistance programs. To deny a tenant, a landlord must have a legally valid basis for the denial aside from their source of income. Illegal Voucher Policy Because it's illegal under Connecticut law to deny a tenant because their income (or a portion of their income) comes from government assistance, landlords should avoid implementing any "No Voucher", "No Section 8", or "No LIHTC" policies. This may also cover tenants on welfare or social security. 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 with different services or amenities from non-Section 8 tenants. Landlords are free to deny tenants for other reasons that don't violate discrimination [...]

Age Discrimination in Connecticut Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|CT|

Discrimination based on age is prohibited in Connecticut. This means that landlords cannot discriminate against the tenant on the basis of age . "Age" is not defined by the law and thus is presumed to cover all ages. Additionally, children and families are explicitly protected from discrimination. Elderly Landlords are prohibited from discriminating based on age in Connecticut and this includes against the elderly. Discrimination is defined broadly and covers refusing to allow the tenant to make to make reasonable modifications to suit their age, refusing to make reasonable accommodations based on a tenant's age, pressuring a tenant to rent or not rent based on people of a certain age in the neighborhood, interfering with a tenant's use and enjoyment of the property based on their age, denying an applicant the opportunity to inspect the apartment based on their age, [...]

Discrimination Against Mental or Physical Health Conditions in Connecticut Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|CT|

Connecticut 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? Connecticut 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. Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 4 . Reasonable Accommodations Tenants may [...]

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

By |September 12th, 2018|CT|

It is illegal in Connecticut (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. In addition, tenants are protected from discrimination based on their marital status. Family Restrictions Most types of restrictions on families with children violate Connecticut 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. Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 4 . 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, [...]

Discrimination of Source of Income in Connecticut Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|CT|

Connecticut prohibits landlords from discriminating against tenants based on their source of income. While landlords are allowed to ask for proof of income and ability to pay, they cannot deny housing or charge a tenant a different amount based on their job. There are few exceptions for illegal sources of income. "Immoral" Jobs Discrimination against a tenant's source of income usually arises when a tenant's legal job appears immoral to the landlord or otherwise conflicts with their values. Strippers, people working at a political campaign, marijuana growers (in states where it's legal), planned parenthood and NRA employees, and online personalities often face issues. In Connecticut, denying a tenant for any of these reasons is a violation of the state's fair housing protections. Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 4 . Illegal Sources of Income One major exception is that landlords can reject [...]

Racial Discrimination in Connecticut Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|CT|

Connecticut 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: pressuring a tenant to rent or not rent based on people of a certain race, color, national origin, or ancestry in the neighborhooddenying an applicant the opportunity to inspect the apartment based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestryinterfering with a tenant's use and enjoyment of the property based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestrycharging different rent or offering different amenities based on race, color, national origin, or ancestryrefusing to make reasonable accommodations based on a tenant's race, color, national origin, or ancestryadvertising [...]

Religious Discrimination in Connecticut Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|CT|

Connecticut protects tenants from discriminatory practices by their landlord based on their religion. Tenants also have similar protections under federal law. Discriminatory Actions Discrimination covers quite a bit more than just landlords who refuse to rent to certain religions. Discrimination includes: pressuring a tenant to rent or not rent based on people of a certain religion in the neighborhoodrefusing to make reasonable accommodations based on a tenant's religionadvertising an apartment that's for or not for a person based on their religioninterfering with a tenant's use and enjoyment of the property based on their religionfalsely stating an apartment is not available because of the tenant's religiondenying an applicant the opportunity to inspect the apartment based on their religioncharging different rent or offering different amenities based on religiondenying a loan based on their religiondenying an apartment or application based on their religion [...]