What Discrimination of Deaf Renters Means to the Real Estate Market

by Isaac Benmergui, Esq on March 13, 2014

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Many actually might be shocked at this, and they all should be – because as it stands, this very moment, under the protective foundation of real estate law, a recently issued national and annual survey has revealed something unsettling: apparently, the hearing impaired as tenants have been discriminated against. Call me crazy, but in the realm of fair housing, something key with the National Fair Housing Alliance, this is appalling.deaf

The statistics on the survey actually show that landlords and rental agents treat those hard of hearing as less than other tenants. Reports have shown, in fact, that some agents choose to hang up on those prospective callers, refusing to speak with any of them unless someone else on the line could provide as a proxy for communication. From a certain perspective, it’s understandable – but it’s apparently very easy to take it way too far.

Additionally, it was shown that one in four of the many large real estate corporations – 117 of them, to be exact – have provided evidence of overt discrimination in one form or another, and it’s an unfortunate truth we all deal with. The conclusion is that it’s a result of poor training. Real estate law and the industry associated with it are all about fairness and equality.

Who knows what the next step might be. All that can be said is that without a doubt a prospective renter may be able to file a federal claim against a landlord or rental agent for discrimination. This could change the way the law looks in real estate, tightening up the system and ensuring all potential tenants have an opportunity at a home.

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