Posted by JPiper on February 09, 2001 at 12:08:17:
My understanding is completely the opposite.
What I’m told again is that if an applicant’s criminal record has been caused by the person’s disability, then the landlord may be asked to allow the applicant an opportunity to establish that ehy have successfully taken steps to assure that the criminal conduct caused by the disability will not recur. An applicant that can prove that he has quit using drugs, or is in, or has successfully completed a drug addiction recovery program is covered, unless they were guilty of distribution or manufacture of the illegal drug.
Frankly, I hope you’re right and that I’m wrong. And it certainly would not be the first time or undoubtedly the last time I’ve been wrong. I’m further not certain about the implementation of what I’ve said above either.
I would also say that I have questioned the police here extensively about drug related issues as they affect landlords. I have gotten some very good information, but at the same time I’ve gotten some questionable information. In this case, my information is coming from a local landlord association whose views regarding fair housing I would rate somewhat higher. As always, it’s important to check with an authority in the area…and frankly I wouldn’t put either the police or the landlord association in that category regarding fair housing laws.