In California, it is permissible for the landlord to ask the prospective tenant about their job position, monthly income, and other information that shows their capability to pay rent. However, it is illegal for the landlord to discriminate or harass due to any of the following:
-source of income
-Wether there is someone under the age of 18 living in your household
With the exception of source of income, the landlord may not ask the tenant any questions in writing or orally about the tenant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, any disability, or if there are persons under the age of 18 living in the tenant's household. The landlord also cannot ask about the tenant's immigration or citizenship status. The landlord is unable to discriminate based on the source of the tenant's income, however, the landlord is allowed to ask about the tenant's level of income and the tenant's source of income. Also, the landlord should not ask the tenant questions about the tenant's age or medical condition.
The landlord can ask about the number of people who will be living in the rental unit. The landlord cannot use overcrowding as a reason for refusing to rent to tenants with children if the landlord would rent to the same number of adults.
For more information about West Virginia Fair Housing Laws please go to:http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/catenant.pdf
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