Are sex offenders a protected class under Washington & Oregon fair housing laws?
At Real Property Management Authority, we take credit, criminal background checks, and fair housing laws seriously, while statistics show that many Vancouver property managers do not. Tenant laws and regulations can be complicated and an inexperienced landlord may not know how to deal with certain situations.
True or False? You are legally required to rent your Vancouver rental home to a registered sex offender who is otherwise qualified.
Fair housing laws were enacted to prevent discrimination against certain classes such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability. They do not protect against those with a criminal background.
Sex offenders are required by federal law to register their permanent address with a national database. As of 2015, there were over 747,000 registered sex offenders in the United States. Many criminals of this type will strike again, with 70% most likely to commit a crime (non-sexual) after release from jail and 2.7% likely to commit another sex crime after being released. Because sex offenders are not a protected class within fair housing laws, a landlord or Vancouver property manager is not obligated to rent to one.
Real Property Management Authority’s thorough, professional screening of all applicants helps eliminate any potential problems that may arise.