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Rentals - Female Only

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Apr 9, 2020
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Rentals - Female Only

Hi guys just wanted to get your opinions/thoughts. Can a landlord (male) restrict the sex of a tenant (female only) if the rental is not a shared space, but only for 1 individual? Or is there a law against that? Kinda get the feeling there are creepy single men who own properties for rent that just want to use their rentals as leverage for dating/hookups/potential prospects.
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I believe it is illegal. The people you talking about won't care about the legality of it though.
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There was one divorced old woman I knew who was renting out her basement. She felt more comfortable with female because shared areas.
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Why not. I think its a reasonable request.
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It's illegal however it would be okay if he wanted a male tenant only.
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Females keep the house much more cleaner and less wear and tear.
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Singh_21 wrote: Females keep the house much more cleaner and less wear and tear.
That’s debatable and entirely cultural. More home cooking. Crappy Pinterest and Instagram home decorating projects that ruin existing finishes, less inclined to do simple repairs and replacements themselves, pads disposed of in toilets, makeup stains. Etc. Etc.
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Singh_21 wrote: Females keep the house much more cleaner and less wear and tear.
Too much of a stereotype. I know girls who are way messier than I am and don’t clean up after themselves. (I’m a male)
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my buddy did that before with a property next to a university, rent out to females only, not a problem. He end up getting a wife out of it also.
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You want to restrict the gender of someone renting a non shared space to female only.......dont worry buddy we wont tell anyone about your hidden cameras or your cam site you are selling the footage on. May I suggest you dont limit it to just one female though? Your revenues will probably be higher be higher with 2
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rogerrabbit168 wrote: my buddy did that before with a property next to a university, rent out to females only, not a problem. He end up getting a wife out of it also.
So he was one of the creepy men OP was talking about.
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JohnDoe00 wrote: Hi guys just wanted to get your opinions/thoughts. Can a landlord (male) restrict the sex of a tenant (female only) if the rental is not a shared space, but only for 1 individual? Or is there a law against that? Kinda get the feeling there are creepy single men who own properties for rent that just want to use their rentals as leverage for dating/hookups/potential prospects.
If you’re the landlord, you should make sure to never give a reason for declining a tenant’s application in any case. Making a decision based on someone’s gender sure sounds like gender discrimination, much the same as if you said that you wouldn’t rent to people of a particular ethnicity would be racial discrimination. So you’re walking on thin ice, IMHO. But, IANAL.

Second, keep in mind that you have no say over roommates. So as long as the tenant isn’t breaking any bylaws, you can’t prevent them from having a male (or female) move in with them. Even if your lease doesn’t allow it; that portion of the lease would be voided if it made it to the LTB for a hearing.

And third, if you (as a male landlord) stated that you’d only rent to a female tenant, you would very much give off the “creepy landlord” vibe and scare off many prospective tenants, I’d think. If you have a spouse who could handle the application process, it would probably help a lot.

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Legally, cannot be done via advertising and contract. In practice, can be achieved through tenant selection. To be frank, you can just keep looking for a tenant who you "trust".
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He can have that mind set but he can't publicly announce that he's only looking for females.
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I've seen people publicly post this on ads, and no, it's not legal.

Replace "women" with "blacks" or "Asians" or "Whites". If the latter 3 don't make you cringe, it should.

Racism/sexism, etc is just that.
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