Virginia’s fair housing law is broader than the federal law and includes “elderliness” as a protected class. For the purposes of the law, anyone age 55 or older is considered elderly. In addition to the refusal to sell, rent or otherwise negotiate for housing on the basis of elderliness, some common problems include:
- Unlawful advertising that indicates a preference for younger persons. For example, an ad that states, “Room for rent for young college student,” would be considered unlawful because it discourages older renters from applying.
- Predatory lending practices that target the elderly. Such practices include scams and fraudulent practices aimed at stripping the equity from the homes of elderly persons.
The ability to obtain and maintain housing should not be on the basis of age. Predatory lenders often target elderly persons of color, thereby discriminating on the basis of two protected classes. If you feel that you’ve been discriminated against due to your age, or a victim of predatory lending contact Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. at 804-354-0641 or report the suspected discrimination