As a Landlord, you know that there are an abundance of laws and regulations that you have to follow. One of the most important laws that you need to be aware of is the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA). The IHRA prohibits discrimination in housing based on a number of factors. These factors include race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, and disability. As of January 1, 2023, the IHRA also prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s source of income.
Source of income discrimination occurs when a Landlord refuses to rent their available property to someone based on their source of income. This can include income from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), veterans benefits, child support, Housing Choice Vouchers, or any other type of non-wage income.
Discrimination of this sort is now illegal in Illinois. If you are found to be discriminating against someone based on their source of income, you could be fined or even sued.
The best way to avoid source of income discrimination is to hire a Property Management company. A Property Management company will have the experience and expertise to screen applicants fairly,consistently, and in accordance with the law. They will also be able to advise you on the latest laws and regulations regarding fair housing.
If you are a Landlord, you should not take the risk of discriminating against someone based on their source of income. Hire a Property Management company today to protect yourself from legal liability and to ensure that you are following the law.
Here are some of the benefits of hiring a Property Management company:
Have the experience and expertise to screen applicants fairly and consistently.
Can advise you on the latest laws and regulations regarding fair housing.
Can assist you in avoiding legal liability.
Will free up your time so that you can focus on other aspects of your business.
If you are a Landlord, give us a call today. It is the best way to protect yourself from legal liability and to ensure that you are following the law.
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