It is legal for a landlord to reject a tenant's application due to their rental history or criminal background. However, it is illegal for landlords to discriminate against tenants due to any of the following:
-Denying someone because they receive MFIP or because they are paying their deposit with Emergency Assistance.
-Rejecting an applicant because he or she has a disability, even though the disability would not keep him or her from following the lease.
-Saying "no kids," but it is not a seniors-only building or another exempted property.
-A consumer's mortgage application is never processed because of his religion.
-The caretaker makes repairs for white tenants before tenants of color.
-The manager punishes lease violations more strictly if they are caused by children.
-Denying a request to make a simple change in the rules to let a person with a disability live there successfully, like allowing a companion animal.
-A real estate agent who only shows condos in certain neighborhoods based on the buyer's ethnicity when there are other units available.
-The caretaker pressures a tenant to date him, and lets himself into her apartment.
-An onsite security guard treats certain visitors differently, because they are American Indian.
-Neighbors try to force a homeowner out of the neighborhood with racial insults or threats.
For more information about West Virginia Fair Housing Laws please go to:http://fairhousingmn.org/providers/basics/
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