I recently got this update and wanted to share with you, my readers. As a Realtor, I get updates to changes in legislation that affects us nationally, in the state, county, and or city. This one was VERY important and I wanted to share.
BLUF: DON’T DISCRIMINATE ON ANYONE
If you are a Seller/Landlord and do not want to sell or rent to a class of people, DO NOT TELL ME. DO NOT HIRE ME. Legislation now supports a practice that I have had all along. AMEN!
LEGISLATIVE ALERT – January 25, 2020
Dwayne Mingo, Director of Government Affairs
IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
REALTORS® transacting business in Prince George’s County, Maryland, should be aware of recently enacted legislation revising the Prince George’s County Code with regards to housing discrimination.
CB-38-2019 (Fair Housing) amends the County’s existing Human Relations Commission law (Subtitle 2, Division 12 of the County Code), to prohibit discrimination in housing based on immigration status, citizenship status and source of income. In short, a recent legal opinion states that “source of income” would prohibit a property owner to decline a tenant based solely on their income source or HUD housing choice voucher.
The legislation takes effect on Monday, February 3, 2020.
The specifics: CB-38-2019 (Fair Housing) makes the following housing and residential real estate practices unlawful:
- Discriminate by inquiring about immigration status or citizenship status in connection with the sale, lease, sublease, assignment, or other transfer of a housing unit;
- Discriminate by requiring documentation, information or other proof of immigration status or citizenship status;
- Discriminate in the sale, lease, sublease, assignment, or other transfer of a housing unit by requiring proof of immigration status or citizenship status, such as a social security number, without providing an alternative that does not reveal immigration status or citizenship status, such as individual taxpayer identification number;
- Discriminate by disclosing, reporting, or threatening to disclose or report immigration status or citizenship status to anyone including an immigration authority, law enforcement