Denver Considering Anti- Source of Income Discrimination Bill

The city of Denver is considering legislation to ban landlords from discriminating against tenants who use housing vouchers to pay rent. About 10 percent of Denver’s 6,900 voucher holders say they’ve experienced source-of-income discrimination, which may also be caused in part by the city’s tight housing market. Denver City Councilwoman At-large Robin Kniech has introduced a bill that would require landlords to accept all forms of payment, exempting landlords of owner-occupied duplexes and single-family homes. The bill would impose penalties that range from ordering the landlord to end discriminatory practices and make the unit in question or a similar unit available, to a fine of up to $5,000 and/or an order to pay possible damages, such as the cost of a hotel stay. The city of San Diego is also considering legislation that would prohibit landlords from rejecting applicants because they use federal housing vouchers to help pay their rent.

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