Posted by Nate on February 08, 2001 at 08:40:03:
You are allowed to pick your renters ANY WAY YOU WANT if you are not discriminating on the basis of the protected classes under the Fair Housing laws, which are:
race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability
or unless you are in a state or locality with more-restrictive laws, in which case those must be followed.
I don’t know of any law prohibiting discrimination based on what your major is in college.
However, I would not assume that pre-law/pre-med students are any better tenants than others. That is probably a fallacy.
It is actually fairly easy to screen out college students by requiring a large deposit (make sure it’s the maximum permitted by law), requiring a co-signer (parent) since most of them have no credit history or rental history, having restrictive rules than they would not want to follow (e.g. large fines for any noise/trash complaints, etc etc) and by only offering a 12 month lease.
However, you may also find yourself repelling many of your prospective tenants. It’s a fine line.