Monday, November 10, 2014

Owners of rental property...are you a discriminatory landlord?

We all believe we are fair and could never discriminate, so it is often a revelation to understand what could be considered discriminatory.  Also, it may be understood that licensed professionals like Realtors have to worry about laws, but if you own rental property and advertise for a tenant - on the internet or print media or even a flyer posted at a local grocery store - the Fair Housing Laws apply to you - the landlord.

Find the National Association of Realtors Fair Housing guideline here.  
Here is a pdf of - The Responsibilities of Owners of Real Property under the PENNSYLVANIA HUMAN RELATIONS ACT of October 27, 1955, P.L. 744,

Your local townships and counties may have zoning ordinances - for example, some require Certificate of Occupancy before every rental....some may have  a maximum number of people that can occupy the premises, some require permits to rent to students etc etc.  Please check with your local authority for more information.  

The Pennsylvania Association of Realtors official lease document also reflect the laws.  Landlords need to read and understand the lease.  It has details like - Maximum allowed security deposit is 2 months rent in the first year (including pet deposit).  The deposit is held in escrow by landlord, but belongs to tenant and must be returned within 30 days of the end of the lease term.  Or rules related to handicap requirements or service animals.  Please pay special attention to early termination of lease since that comes up all the time.   

As always, reach out if I can be of assistance.  

Bela Vora, R3ALTOR
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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