Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office has filed a housing discrimination complaint against City Realty Group, Inc. (“City Realty”), a Brighton-based real estate company, and one of its agents for allegedly refusing to rent an apartment to a tester from the Boston Fair Housing Commission who represented that she was looking for an apartment for herself and her three-year-old child. The complaint alleges that City Realty violated state anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws by refusing to rent to a prospective tenant with a child because it would have created an obligation to abate lead paint hazards in the rental unit. According to the tester, the defendant allegedly told her that she could not rent the apartment unless she signed a waiver purporting to relieve the property owner from compliance with Massachusetts lead paint laws. Under Massachusetts law, it is illegal to refuse to rent to a prospective tenant with young children due to the presence of lead paint in the rental unit. It is also illegal to discriminate against renters because of their familial status or because they have children.
Come on agents!!! Seriously! Learn the laws and abide by them. Unfortunately, we still have housing discrimination and it is simply unacceptable. As a landlord, you MUST know and abide by lead paint and anti-discrimination laws. My advice to you…de-lead your property as soon as your purchase it. Simple. Agents learn these laws from day one and there is absolutely NO reason for this kind of behavior.