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Real Estate - May 28, 2010


Can a landlord ask about citizenship status?

by Martin Eichner

Q I have been managing an apartment complex for about 20 years. We have been using the same rental application all that time. The rental application asks if the applicant is a U.S. citizen, and if they are not, it asks for verification of immigration status. This is the standard we've been using for years, and so far we haven't had any complaints about it.

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Martin Eichner edits RentWatch for Project Sentinel, an organization founded in 1974 that provides landlord tenant dispute resolution and fair housing services in Northern California and administers rental-housing mediation programs in Palo Alto, Los Altos and Mountain View. Call 650-856-4062 for dispute resolution or 650-321-6291 for fair housing or e-mail


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