As a landlord, you generally want to do the right thing for both yourself and your tenants. But what you think is the right thing may not always line up with what local tenant and landlord laws say. And once you start renting out properties, you can’t say, “I didn’t know the law.”
In general, ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it. You’re unlikely to get thrown in jail unless you’re doing something very serious, but you can still violate the rules in other important ways. Read on for more information.
The Fair Housing Act and similar laws
To be fair, the Fair Housing Act isn’t a local law; it’s a national one that became law in 1968, along with the rest of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. It’s been around for 50 years now, and yet a lot of landlords still don’t quite understand …