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Question: As a landlord of a mobile home park. Can an applicant be denied based on criminal history? If not what can be done?
This area is governed by statute. Federal anti-discrimination laws and Arizona law, specifically A.R.S. section 41-1491.14 and 41-1491.15. This portion of Title 41 governs discrimination in the sale or rental of housing. 41-1491.14 allows a landlord to refuse to rent to anyone convicted under state or federal law of the manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance. Thus, it may depend on the criminal offense at issue. Was it a violent crime, a sex crime, or something like computer hacking? Discrimination laws are primarily aimed at protecting against discrimination on the basis of race, disability, age, gender and sexual orientation. Your best bet is to consult a lawyer who specializes in landlord/tenant relations to develop a set of rules for your mobile home park that comply with state and federal law.
As a landlord of a mobile home park. Can an applicant be denied based on criminal history? If not what can be done?
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