Understanding the “Source of Income” in Fair Housing

The intricacies of housing laws go beyond federal mandates.

Do you know the source of income? Image credit: Tima Miroshnichenko via pexels.com

The landscape of fair housing has been continuously evolving. One of the emerging focal points is the protection against discrimination based on the “Source of Income.” While not federally recognized under the Fair Housing Act, this classification has steadily gained traction at state and local levels, expanding the purview of housing rights.

Defining “Source of Income”

In the realm of housing discrimination, the “Source of Income” pertains to the origin of a resident’s lawful earnings or funds. This can include earnings from employment, pensions, or other regular payments, but notably, it frequently involves rental assistance programs or housing subsidies such as Section 8.

Although it’s not yet a federal mandate, many state and local housing laws and ordinances have recognized and added it as a protected category.

Implications for Property Managers and Landlords

For those managing federally assisted housing programs, such as 202, 811, or tax credit properties, it’s often mandatory to consider housing subsidies as a valid source of income. This means refusing a renter on the grounds of them receiving rental aid can have legal repercussions.

Read the full blog.

You May Also Like