U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro revisited they are not going to tolerate landlords banning renters with criminal records from leasing their properties.
According to HUD, the Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of dwellings and in other housing-related activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.
Tips For finding Felon Friendly Apartments and Housing
Below you’ll find some useful information and tips on finding felon friendly housing and apartments.
- Always be honest and upfront that you are a felon, especially if they are going to run a background check. . If someone is going to rent to you they either will or they won’t. If you say nothing and the landlord finds out down the road it will appear as if you were being deceptive.
- If you know for sure that the landlord is not going to run a background check then you can simply not say anything unless they ask.
- Don’t stress and don’t get mad. If you meet with a landlord and they will not rent to you be kind and courteous regardless. You never know what the future holds, you may very well get a call later down the road if they can’t find anyone else to rent to.
- Remember that when people hear the word felon they automatically think you are dangerous and/or violent. Break that stereotype by explaining what and how you made a mistake in the past.
- Make a good first impression. Dress nicely and shake their hand. Ask questions about the property and pay attention to any details that they give you.