What some people do not realize is that there are landlords out there who would prefer not to rent their properties out to people who have minor children. However, it is against the law for landlords to discriminate against families with children in regards to housing. These are a few signs that this might be a situation you are facing.
1. You've Been Told a Unit Isn't Available, Even Though You Think It Is
Sometimes, a unit might be taken before you are able to get more information about it. Even though this does happen, there are signs that this is not the case at all. For example, if the landlord has told you that the unit is no longer available after being told about your children but if "for rent" signs remain posted, advertisements in local classifieds are renewed after you are told this or others are told that the property is still available, there is a chance that you are being discriminated against because of your minor children.
2. The Landlord Seems Bothered By the Fact That You Have Kids
The landlord might ask you about your family size in basic conversation, which is not necessarily a bad thing. If he or she seems bothered by the fact that you have children -- such as if he or she makes comments about not liking renting to people with children or begins talking negatively about other tenants and their children, such as damage that their children might have done to his or her properties, then you might have something to worry about.
3. You're Being Given "the Runaround"
The process of renting a home or apartment can be lengthy; you may have to fill out an application, wait for a background check, wait for the landlord to check your references and more. However, if you feel that your landlord has started giving you the runaround after you have mentioned your minor children, such as if you aren't receiving callbacks anymore or if you are being asked to do more and more before you can qualify for the rental, there is a chance that you are being discriminated against.
It is important not to take this type of situation lightly. If you feel that you are being discriminated against by a landlord because you have minor children, you should take action. Luckily, there are attorneys out there who can talk to you a little more about your case. If you suspect that you have been discriminated against, contact a professional such as The Law Offices of Douglas F. Fagan.