Can a landlord refuse to rent to me because I have been convicted of a crime?
A landlord cannot refuse to rent to you simply because of your criminal record. The landlord must consider:
- How recent was the conviction? How serious was the offense?
- If the crime was minor and a long time ago, or when you were much younger, the landlord should consider these factors before making a decision.
- Was the conviction for making or distributing illegal drugs?
- If yes, it is ok for the landlord to refuse to rent to you, and the landlord can evict you.
- Was the crime minor? Was it a long time ago, and have you changed since then?
- Tell the landlord. The landlord must take this into consideration.
A landlord must treat everyone the same. A landlord who rents to white people with criminal records but not to black people with criminal records may be guilty of discrimination.