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Some residential property that is owned by mom and pop landlords, or that is owner-occupied, may be exempt from federal law. That owned by religious organizations and clubs, or is classified as senior housing may also be exempt from fair housing law, in some cases. However, property owners who are otherwise exempt from the law must still comply with it's prohibitions against discrimination in advertising.
Small Property & Owner-occupied
Fair Housing exemptions, sometimes called the "Mom & Pop" exemption applies to certain landlords owning certain types of properties.
Senior Citizen Housing
A landlord can discriminate against tenants with children if the property meets the certain criteria:
Religious Organizations and Private Clubs
A restriction on the sale or rental of property owned by groups may be limited to their members, if they meet the federal guidelines. Anyone who seeks to use this exception to Fair Housing Law should confirm it with competent legal counsel first, as an error in interpretation could prove costly.
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