Racial Discrimination in Pennsylvania Apartments

Pennsylvania 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: advertising […]

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Religious Discrimination in Pennsylvania Apartments

Pennsylvania 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: discouraging tenants by renting by saying people of a certain religion live in the […]

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

Pennsylvania 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. Pennsylvania has no explicit protections for LGBT tenants, but federal and state protections against discriminating by one’s gender offers some indirect protections in […]

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Can Landlords Reject Tenants with Housing Vouchers in Pennsylvania?

Certain localities in Pennsylvania require landlords to accept vouchers from tenants, specifically Philadelphia, Pittsburg, and Borough of State College. Other localities in Pennsylvania do not have such protections at the time of writing. Click here for the latest updates. Voucher Policy Landlords cannot deny tenants an apartment (or otherwise discriminate against them) based on the […]

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Age Discrimination in Pennsylvania Apartments

Discrimination based on age is prohibited in Pennsylvania. This means that landlords cannot discriminate against the tenant on the basis of age . This covers anyone defined as someone 40 and over in Pennsylvania. Additionally, children and families are also protected from discrimination. Elderly Landlords are prohibited from discriminating against people older than 40 in […]

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Discrimination Against Mental or Physical Health Conditions in Pennsylvania Apartments

Pennsylvania 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? Pennsylvania 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 […]

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

It is illegal in Pennsylvania (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 Pennsylvania and federal law. For […]

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