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Drugs, Alcohol... and Fair Housing

By January 6, 2013

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Did you know that a landlord can't refuse to rent to you, try to evict you, or treat you more unfavorably than other tenants simply because you -- or a roommate -- have a drug or alcohol addiction?

An addiction qualifies as a disability under the Fair Housing Act, which means apartment hunters and renters who have an addiction also have certain federal protections against discrimination.

Here's a summary of how the law protects you if you've got a drug or alcohol addiction.

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January 7, 2013 at 1:16 pm
(1) Robin says:

All of my leases have no smoking clauses. I make it clear to tenants that no smoking means just that — no smoking of any substance.

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