It may be illegal to discriminate against a renter based on their skin color...
But you can still require a background or credit check to ensure you are renting to a trustworthy person regardless of what color they are.
Not renting to someone who has no paperwork is not against the law. Where I live you can't even LOOK at an apartment without letting them xerox your ID. And I'm pretty freaking white. I wouldn't expect someone to rent me anything without me being able to prove I'm a responsible person. I wouldn't walk into an apartment office with no ID, no proof of income, etc and expect them to give me an apartment. It doesn't have anything to do with color.
My friend is very trustworthy and very white and he can't get an apartment at places that require background checks because he has a blemish on his criminal record. He saw a man assaulting a pregnant friend of his. The man (the baby's father) was punching her in the stomach trying to cause her to miscarry because he didn't want a baby. So my friend decked the guy and he got sent to jail for it. And you know what? He would do it again if he had to because it was the right thing to do, it was worth going to jail over to get that guy to stop punching the pregnant girl in the stomach.
All you gotta do is require they pass a background/credit check no matter what color they are. The illegals won't be able to pass that check, and you are less likely to get ripped off by someone who makes a habit of not paying their debts. You don't want to rent an apartment to someone who doesn't pay their debts, no matter what color they are. That is not discrimination, it's responsible lending, and it's called CYA.
So nyah. =P
My landlord is probably an illegal immigrant. Maybe here on faked documents. But they made us pass a credit check and we didn't think twice about it, because it's NORMAL for a landlord to require a credit check. They have to know the renter is good for the money. You can require references if you want. You can charge extra for every single animal in that house. You can put a lot in a lease agreement. You can say "no exotic animals, and that includes fish." I rented an apartment where we were not allowed to have a goldfish because it was considered an "exotic animal."
You can require every single adult over 18 living there signs the lease agreement. And in order to sign the lease agreement they gotta pass a background check...
That keeps twenty people from living there for the price of one.
Isn't there a limit to how many people you're allowed to let live there anyway? Some laws put a limit on how many people can live in so much space.
Don't discriminate on anyone based on their color so you can't get in trouble from some equal opportunity nonsense.
DO require criminal background checks and credit checks regardless of the person's skin color and you could save yourself money by covering your butt against high-risk renters.
And hey mister anti-ignorant over there...
I agree it's ignorant to stereotype and say all immigrants are untrustworthy or whatever.
It's also ignorant to say all immigrants are really hard workers.
Some are and some aren't. I see examples of both every day because I live in Arizona and I see illegal immigrants every day. I know illegal immigrants who are here with faked documents that they used to get a job. Some of them bust their hump and are very hard workers. Some of them stand around and chit chat all day. Just like anybody else. You can't say someone is a hard worker or a slacker based on their skin color or on the fact they are an illegal immigrant.
But saying all illegal immigrants are breaking the law, that's a fact. If you are here illegally, you are in definition breaking the law. Breaking the law makes you a criminal. Being a criminal doesn't necessarily mean you are a bad person, it just means you broke the law. And if we don't punish people of ALL colors for breaking the law, then everyone would break the law. There would be no incentive to follow the rules. You can't reward people for breaking the laws no matter what color they are. We have laws for a good reason.