Jeff Pearl Homes AR Blog: Requiring Tenants to Speak English Cost Broker $30000.00

Requiring Tenants to Speak English Cost Broker $30000.00

 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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Comment balloon 3 commentsJeff Pearl • August 04 2016 05:44PM



I imagine that broker learned an expensive lesson. Lack of common sense indeed!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) about 4 years ago

You would think in this day and age that the brokerage would know, right. But I have seen some ridiculous errors on listings from some of the top brokerages here. Makes you wonder.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) almost 4 years ago

No common sense by this broker, he could of least quickly researched it, if he was unsure.

Posted by Pete Xavier, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide (Investments to Luxury) almost 3 years ago