Immigrants today are under scrutiny more than at any other time in recent history, affecting all aspects of their lives including where they live. Because of this it is vital that immigrants understand their rights when it comes to finding and renting an apartment. The law protects immigrant rights by limiting the type of information landlords can ask you when applying for a lease. In this article attorney Eric E. Castelblanco will explain what you need to do to protect your rights when you rent a new apartment.
If a landlord turns away an applicant for being undocumented, that is considered illegal discrimination and is against the law. So when renting an apartment remember that a manager cannot discriminate against an applicant because of their immigration status. Any government identification from your home country is sufficient to prove your identity, and you can qualify if you show an ability to pay rent through your income history and payment history of other bills. If you are turned away from a property even though you can meet these requirements, then you may have been unlawfully discriminated against.
Since 1995, attorney Eric E. Castelblanco has been dedicated to helping tenants understand and assert their rights. For more information about your rights, call 213-388-6004 or visit their website at: www.castelblanco.com. The information presented in this column is for educational purposes only. You should seek the advice of an attorney regarding your individual situation.