For the purposes of law, elderliness refers to persons age 55 or older. Elderliness is not a protected class under federal fair housing laws, however, Virginia fair housing law extends protections to those age 55 and up. It is unlawful to refuse to sell, rent, or negotiate housing based on elderliness. Other examples include:
- Advertising that indicates an age preference such as “Room for rent for young college student.”
- Predatory lending practices that target the elderly, like scams that strip the equity from a home.
- Statements that discourage a person from renting because of their age such as “Wouldn’t you be better off in a senior community?”