All rental property owners are subject to federal and local laws that prohibit discrimination in housing against persons due to their sex, age, ethnicity, race, color, familial status, because they have children, or because of a disability.
Violations of Fair Housing and non-discrimination laws will result in denial or termination of participation in the Housing Choice Voucher Program and could result in civil penalties.
It is in your best interest to utilize the same methods of screening and selection for all tenants and to keep complete documentation. At your request, the PHA will furnish you with additional information pertaining to Fair Housing requirements.
Owners cannot discriminate against families with disabilities and should be aware of their obligations to make reasonable modifications to the unit for such families at the family’s expense, as required for all persons with disabilities under the Fair Housing Act for the private rental market. Notify the PHA if you have, or know of an owner who has units accessible to persons with disabilities.
Most owners who participate in the program comply with the program rules and the Housing Assistance Payments Contract, but occasionally some do not. It is always unpleasant when an owner violates the rules and becomes subject to administrative or other more severe sanctions. The PHA’s goal is to prevent any embarrassment or expense, which may result from owner violations by making sure that the program rules are understood.