Courtside Newsletter: Don’t Want to Rent to College Students? Better Have a Good Reason

From cash flow to keggers, many landlords may have a host of concerns about renting to college students. With the new school season fast approaching, the question arises: can a landlord refuse to rent to these (oftentimes) young tenants? The answer isn’t as clear cut as one might anticipate. Ultimately, it depends. Long story short, a landlord may not unlawfully discriminate against a college student in an arbitrary manner, or on the basis of the college student being a member of a protected group. The landlord must be able to establish that he has a legitimate, nondiscriminatory justification for his decision, which he has applied equally. We discuss this further below.

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Posted on July 15, 2017 .