Jean Baptiste & Associates
New Jersey Public Housing and Exclusion Violation Lawyer
There are so many laws and guidelines governing the renting of property that it can be hard to keep up with them. In the past, landlords could reject a renter for any reason, but today they are governed by strict guidelines that prohibit discrimination. For example, landlords cannot exclude specific groups just because they want to or don’t like certain types of people. Tenants who meet the guidelines for public housing are entitled to equal treatment without discrimination. Those who feel they are being excluded based on discriminatory factors as outlined by city, county, state, or federal laws should contact our experienced New Jersey public housing and exclusion violations lawyers immediately.
New Jersey Public Housing Laws
Public housing is any kind of housing that receives government funds for the purpose of offering assistance to renters. Even those who own private dwellings but accept assistance in the form of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) vouchers are governed by these laws. Recipients must ensure that both their housing and practices meet the guidelines of the entity providing the funds in addition to still obeying the laws that govern every landlord-tenant relationship in New Jersey. If you are a tenant or a landlord of public housing rental units, you have rights and our attorneys can ensure you retain them.
What Is Discrimination?
Discrimination can be confusing to understand in regards to rental properties and public housing. A refusal to rent based on anything other than the legal criteria that must be met before renting is considered discrimination. For example, if you have been approved for public housing assistance and your rental application is refused because you belong to a specific ethnic group, that refusal would qualify as discrimination. Because it can become a complicated issue, if you are a landlord or a tenant dealing with a possible discrimination lawsuit, it’s crucial that you have an experienced legal team on your side.
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development regulates the federal laws governing public housing that receives any kind of federal assistance. They also provide handbooks that can help you understand your housing rights. However, the state of New Jersey also has laws against housing discrimination, so some issues may fall under their guidelines as well, especially if the state provides any funds for the public housing in question. Essentially, landlords cannot deny renters from renting a property if the renter is able to meet the criteria set forth in the guidelines.
Why You Need a Real Estate Lawyer
It can be intimidating to deal with someone who excludes you based on personal and arbitrary criteria. In the end, you may not even want to deal with that landlord. At the same time, when you don’t do anything about discrimination, it will only continue and go on to affect someone else. An experienced New Jersey public housing and exclusion violations lawyer can help you with the process. Call Jean Baptiste & Associates, LLC today or contact us online to schedule a consultation.