Monday, March 5, 2012

Fair Housing / Discrimination

You probably know that it is illegal to discriminate on renting a property to someone based on their race, color, religion, sexual preference, etc. But you may not know that the penalties are 3 times the actual damages, plus attorney fees with a minimum $1,000 cost. Let's suppose you have a rental property and you try to evict a tenant based on their race and they refuse to move. Let's say that you then threaten them with bodily injury. You just asked for a $25,000 civil penalty plus damages and attorney fees. People I know would never do this. But if you're talking to someone who mentions that they may be taking some extreme action such as this, please let them know it's a bad idea... for a lot of reasons. Gary Nobile Realtor, MBA (408) 247-4029

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