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I am sorry to hear about this situation, Meredith. On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and this is one of these times.
1) This is not discrimination. Discrimination is when the landlord charges more (or denies a lease) to a party simply due to their race, religion, creed, etc. This is not that kind of a case, so discrimination is not applicable.
2) What the landlord is doing is not illegal. It may be questionable ethically, but it is not immoral. It is the same as when you would be purchasing a grill at Target for $150, and then see the next day that it is marked down to $125 for a special sale. There is no law that says that landlords HAVE to offer similar prices for apartments, or, that they have to make sure the amenities equal and reflect the price.
3) What he is doing is simply charging what he believes is fair or what he believes someone would pay for it. If they get more for less, it is simply because he may have been desperate enough to lower the price.
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