"Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and disability."
However, if this was an owner occupied building and we are discussing who to consider as tenants, or it is an over 55 community, or their is a legitimate legal reason they cannot be around kids, that would not be a fair housing violation.
It is best to know why they have made the request and then advise them on a course of action, and you can decide if it is appropriate for you to continue to represent them.
2) if they do not understand this, you MUST fire them as clients and inform your managing broker.
As to why there reason. If they wanted you to know they would tell you. Otherwise, none of your business. Only problem is if there is really a reason, be aware of proximity to schools.
But, there is always the question of whether or not you want to or will be able to service them with those restrictions. I would be frank with them about your constraints and show them what they want.
Secondly, depending on the above, I would explain he/she would be missing out on a huge % of opportunities.
Lastly, cannot manage that request. You cannot ask a seller if they have children before you can show their home or vice versa, the latter would violate fair housing laws.
Your question appears in HOME BUYING CHICAGO.
Is the client a buyer or seller?
As a seller, you need to educate the owner. If they are unteachable, you need to know your license is on the line.
If a buyer, there are vast stretches of age restriced communites.
These come in condo sizes, townhomes, villas and detached houses.
Age restricted communiteis are everywhere.
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Also couldn't this fall under steering as well? So would the real answer be to tell them that you as an agent have to show all available properties.