With a continued focus on Mother's Day, here's another issue of importance to many moms who are looking for or currently renting an apartment.
Federal fair housing law, as you may know, protects renters based on "familial status," which refers to the presence of a child under 18 in a household. This means, for example, that a landlord can't turn you away just because you have one or more children living with you.
Many people (moms and dads alike) wonder if these rights apply only if a child is your biological child. In addition, some single, divorced, or widowed parents get concerned that their marital status may disqualify them from discrimination protection.
You may be happy to hear that under federal law, a child living in your household doesn't have to be your biological child to meet the definition of familial status. Plus, your marital status is irrelevant.
Learn more about who qualifies for familial status protection.
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