Apparently requiring rental applicants to be able to speak English is discrimination. I guess language is connected to origin. One broker in Richmond VA found out the hard way, and their office policy was changed because of it. $30,000.00 + in fines is an expensive way to learn about this.
Personally, I have never seen " required language" on any rental application as a condition for approving a lease. Not sure why any broker, agent, or landlord would care what language their tenants spoke as long as the tenants were able to pay the asking rental rate.
This is 2016, and ever agent has to be familiar with Fair Housing laws if they are in this business.
This policy would fall under lack of common sense in my opinion.
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