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By Patricia Rollie | Agent in Eagle Rock, Los Ange...

"My Roommate, My Choice"!

Laws exist that prevent landlords from discriminating when selecting prospective tenants, however that does not apply when it comes to choosing a "roommate". In leasing, a landlord cannot advertise for example a particular sex, martial status, or whether or not there are children in the family. This is governed by the Federal Fair Housing Act and the California Fair employment and Housing Act. However, the Ninth Circuit Court recently ruled that the choice of a roommate was a private one protected by the First amendment freedom of associational privacy and beyond the reach of the fair housing laws, so when it comes to advertising for a roommate you can be specific in your criteria and you're legal! Your thoughts?

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