Hi, I live in the Colonial Village neighborhood in Arlington. My roommate is getting married and moving out so I’m trying to find someone new to move in in May. The apartment is a great renovated 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom unit and rent for the available master bedroom is $1175. My preference is a 20-something professional woman. Pictures and more information are available in my Craigslist ad: http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/roo/3744571310.html
If anyone is interested, please respond to the ad. I will be showing the apartment this Sunday but could also arrange to meet at other times.
Just a friendly tip: Virginia law prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of sex or “elderliness”, so your stated preference for a “20-something professional woman” roommate appears to run afoul of this. You may not wish to have an old man as a roommate, but Virginia does not allow you to explicitly say so in your ad (http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+36-96.3).
Interestingly, federal law also prohibits discriminatory housing advertisements on the basis of sex, but provides an exception for “a shared housing unit, in which tenants will be sharing a bathroom, kitchen, or other common area” (http://www.craigslist.org/about/FHA#exceptions). So you are safe from the feds, at least.
@ballstonia: “Teacher, you forgot to give us homework.”
That’s horrible taht they would force you to live with someone you don’t want to in a shared, private residence. You should be able to discriminate any way you want in your own home otherwise I could move in with man hating feminist vegans and put up posters of scantilly clad chicks and eat steak for every meal and fill the fridge with dead animal flesh.
Actually, you can discriminate pretty easily. Just change the ad and be selective of which emails you respond to.
"Actually, you can discriminate pretty easily. Just change the ad and be selective of which emails you respond to."
Bingo. And include an “about me” in your ad (“I’m a 20-something professional woman”) that might maybe possibly hint at, but doesn’t explicitly say, what kind of roommate you prefer.
Virginia’s fair housing laws only apply to the owners of a unit, and even in that case to owners of 4 or more homes. As a renter, she’s can choose whoever she wants to share her lease with.
That makes more sense. In the federal housing discrimination laws, units that the homeowner lives in aren’t subject to the laws. You can’t force someone to live with someone they don’t want to live with.
It is true that most of Virginia’s fair housing laws do not apply to owners of 3 or fewer single-family homes, and of course renters can ultimately choose whomever they wish to share their lease with. But all individuals — both renters as well as owners of any number of homes — are barred under the law from advertising a preference to rent or sell to/with a person of a particular race/sex/age:
§ 36-96.3. Unlawful discriminatory housing practices.
A. It shall be an unlawful discriminatory housing practice for any person:
3. To make, print, or publish, or cause to be made, printed, or published any notice, statement, or advertisement, with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap.
Having said all that, nobody cares. This is one of those unenforced rules.
If you are allowed to discriminate but not allowed to advertise such discrimination then that sounds like a first amendment violation.
She’s not selling or renting a dwelling unit. She’s asking for someone to share in her lease of a rental unit. That code isn’t applicable.
If you are trying to sublet you are considered a landlord, thus said rule would apply unless it explicitly excludes subletting or assigning leases.
It’s a case of “Lionel Hutz” being right. I think I know a bit more about landlord tenant law than you do. I bet you don’t even realize the difference between subletting and assigning a lease. If you will feel better by making insults, more power to you, but you’ll still be wrong.
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