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Can I refuse to rent to a person that has a conviction for assault and battery

Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Landlord-Tenant
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I am Loren, a licensed attorney for over 30 yrs. Thank you for your patience as I review the question. I will post my response shortly.

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Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 1 year ago

It is illegal to refuse to rent to someone because of their membership in a protected class, such as race, religion, ethnicity, etc.

Being convicted of assault and battery does not confer any protected status and you can refuse to rent to them without liability.

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Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 1 year ago

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