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Can I refuse to rent my home to people with pets, smokers, etc?

Can I refuse to rent my home to people with pets, smokers, etc?

We comply with all Local, State and Federal legal requirements.  This is an area where many do-it-yourself landlords have gotten into legal trouble.  Under no circumstances can you refuse to rent your home to a member of a ‘protected class’.   PETS:  You choose whether to accept or deny pets but any pet that is designated as a service animal must be permitted to live in the residence.  Animals create risks and liabilities for landlords but also opportunity for those willing to consider them because your home is available to the largest numbers of qualified renters.  SMOKERS:  Smokers are not a protected class and a landlord may choose to not allow smokers to occupy their rental home.  Home Locators has a strict no-smoking policy in all our rental units and write it into each lease.

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