Questions that are Off Limits for Conroe Apartment Managers to Tenants
Entering into a harmonious agreement with a landlord can help you enjoy many worry-free years at your new Conroe apartment, but it’s still important to understand your rights as a tenant, even if you feel completely comfortable at your new apartment community.
Many laws guide the way apartment managers and their tenants must act, and one of the important parts of the relationship between the two is the interview process. Often called the “tenant screening process,” the meeting may involve questions from the property owner that will help the
What Questions Can a Landlord Not Ask?
Wise Bread has a good list of off-limits questions you may want to reference. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for anything when you are screened for an apartment. Here are a few of the questions they share:
- Where Were You Born?
- Have You Ever Been Arrested for Anything?
- Are You Straight, Gay, or Bisexual?
The article also shares:
“The rental market is tough these days, especially in big cities. You have to scan the classifieds, jump on opportunities, and be ready to say yes at a moment’s notice. So the last thing you need is for some landlord to refuse you a lease because of questions he or she is actually not allowed to ask. Here are 10 of those questions. Getting asked any of them should give you pause.”
Learn More from the Texas Dept. of Housing & Community Affairs
The Fair Housing Act was passed by the federal government in 1967 by then-president and Texas native Lyndon B. Johnson. Title VIII of the Act, as well as the Texas Fair Housing Act, protect renters and tenants, as well as offer guidelines for buying homes, getting a mortgage, and participating in other projects related to owning and renting properties.
The most important facet of the Act is the protection from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. In the simplest of terms, a landlord can’t refuse to rent to someone based solely on the color of their skin or their gender. There are additional protections granted in some cities and municipalities.
A helpful resource is the website maintained by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, which explains when fair housing laws might not come into play:
“All housing is covered by fair housing laws although there may be differences in how some laws and provisions are applied. Only owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker, and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members are exempt under certain circumstances.”
Although some property owners may be exempt from certain facets of the law, all property owners must adhere to at least some of the laws even if they’re not renting out apartments in a complex with dozens of units.
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