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Familial Status

Familial Status– A protected class that includes women who are pregnant or have children under 18. It’s the status of the family. An unmarried woman with kids is protected. Children under 18 are protected.  

An owner of an apartment complex cannot segregate families with children into certain buildings within a complex. A landlord cannot decide to NOT rent to an unmarried woman with kids or a pregnant woman based on Familial Status.

The landlord cannot segregate all the families with children in one area of the complex.

Complexes built for a segment of the population who are 55 years of age and older may discriminate based on familial status. A senior complex can choose not to rent to someone based on the children’s age when the senior complex bases the decision not to rent because of familial status. Fair Housing Laws protect the senior complex.

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