Landlords own their property, so don’t they get to do what they want with it? Can they kick me out if I have what some might consider “too many” kids?
Landlords have a lot of say in who rents their property, and they don’t always disclose why they refused to rent to a tenant. There are all kinds of reasons why a landlord may not want to rent to someone, and some which are valid, but being a child shouldn’t be one of them.
So, does drawing the line on someone having too many kids to rent a house or apartment count as discrimination? And does the landlord have a right to say no to you just because of the number of children you have? Sounds a bit outlandish, but you might be surprised.
Can A Landlord Say Too Many Kids
The simple answer is no. A landlord cannot deny you based on the number of children you have. They can say no to pets, they can say no to smoking in their house, but they can’t tell you that you have too many children.
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There are plenty of households that have several children who share rooms, and they are perfectly fit tenants. Having several children does not shatter the foundation of the house nor decrease the resale value. It is of no concern to your landlord if 2 children share a room, or 3. It matters about as much as whether you have a 50 inch television set or an echo dot to play music. It is irrelevant.
What Rights Do You & Your Children Have
You and your children have as many rights as anyone. You are a tenant, paying good money for a place to live, and as long as you are complying with the monthly agreed amount, you should be able to live without worry.
Although bylaws do apply to everyone, it doesn’t specifically refer to children. So if someone tells you that you need to keep your kids quiet, or your children can’t play outside because they are too loud, that’s not a legal request or a rational one, for that matter. As with anything else, be considerate and stick to the times of day when noise is acceptable, and let your kids do what they do best. Just keep in mind, that any damages caused to the home that need extensive repairs will come out of your damage deposit.
Your Right As A Tenant
If you are unfortunate enough to have a landlord who tries to wrongfully evict you, there are some things you should know to protect yourself against scare tactics.
You have rights as a tenant to a home that is kept up properly by the landlord, according to Realtor.com. That includes repairs to the home not caused by you or your children at the owner’s expense, such as; leaky room, bad plumbing, electrical, and anything else that might be included in your rent that isn’t being kept up.
Your landlord is responsible for keeping the home repairs up, and ensuring that all doors, locks, windows, etc., are in proper working order for your safety.
Be sure to invest in your own security by gathering information about tenant and landlord relationships, responsibilities, and rights. Protect yourself by knowing what is your legal obligation, as well as from whom you are renting.
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Sources: Rent Prep, Legal Zoom, PropertyDo
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