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There are ample materials available to landlords on tenant screening, including tips to check for references, how to perform a credit and background check, and which questions to ask when screening. However, we think it is equally important to know what NOT to do during tenant screening. Some questions can be seen as discriminatory or can violate the Federal Fair Housing Act. Even though they may seem like innocent discussions, here are the kinds of questions you should avoid and examples of each:
As a rule of thumb, we suggest that when in doubt, do not ask the question. For more information on the Fair Housing Act, visit The Balance. For more landlord resources, check out our Investor Resources Page.
Check out our Landlording and Property Management Resources Page for expert tips from our team.