No matter how long ago your conviction may have been the landlord holds the right to deny you housing based on your past convictions.
Not renting to a person with a felony is a rental standard designed to minimize the landlord’s liability risk.
But it is important to note that all landlords may not feel this way.
Can I refuse to rent to a felon?
Yes, it is a form of discrimination. (Under federal law, however, it is illegal for a landlord to discriminate against a tenant who has a felony conviction for drug use — but a landlord can discriminate against someone with a felony record for drug sale or manufacture.)
Can a landlord refuse to rent to someone?
The federal Fair Housing Act, the Fair Housing Amendment Acts (42 U.S. Code 3601-3619, 3631), and many state and local laws prohibit a landlord from selecting tenants based on certain protected criteria. A landlord may not refuse to rent to a tenant for the following reasons: Race or color. National origin.
Can I rent an apartment with a felony?
Property management groups are very stringent regarding felons. Most of them will not consider renting an apartment to a felon under most circumstances. You can always apply but chances are you will never here back from them once they run your background check.
What background check do landlords use?
A rental background check is an additional screening tool that allows landlords to see various aspects of a tenant applicant’s past behavior. The majority of the data you’ll see comes from the three major credit bureaus: Transunion. Equifax.