I have a friend who is in a wheelchair and is on disability and the spouse works as a nurse. They also have a small child. They are seeking to rent somewhere that is near a primary school so my friend can “wheel” her child to school. The spouse makes just enough to disqualify them for housing but they do get some disability support and FTB.
The disability happened in the last 9 months so originally when they rented, the place was within an ok walking distance but well, now it is what it is.
They have been applying for new places but without much luck. The market is really tight. Usually they are the last ones to the inspections or have to wait to view because the chair is difficult in crowded situations.
The last rental they didn’t get because the owner only wanted a married couple with a double income.
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So my question is, can a landlord discriminate a future tenant that way? Is the real estate agent crazy for passing along that reason to my friend?
It just doesn’t feel ethical.