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The Detrimental Impact of Banning Housing to Ex-Offenders

Jun 24 2016

Written by Jason C. Henbest, Esq. and Brittany Saxton

 Federal officials recently announced guidelines to ensure that landlords don’t enforce a blanket ban against people with criminal records from rental housing.

Research studies show that obtaining housing reduces the likelihood of repeat offenses, which is a major reason federal officials are targeting these blanket bans. Most landlords who oppose renting to ex-convicts assume that they pose a higher risk to the other tenants or their property; there is assumption that they will get in trouble with the law, again, or that they are more likely to fail to pay rent.

While landlords argue that they have the right to exercise their own judgment, the tides are turning and landlords are being required to look at applicants on a case by case basis.  For more information on this issue see the New York Times article “Federal Housing Officials Warn Against Blanket Bans of Ex-Offenders:” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/04/nyregion/federal-housing-officials-warn-against-blanket-bans-of-ex-offenders.html?ref=commercia&_r=0

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