Unlawful discrimination in housing

Landlords are prohibited from refusing to rent to you for several reasons. Learn more about your protections here.

Massachusetts law prohibits discrimination in housing

Massachusetts Fair Housing law prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, religion, national origin, age, ancestry, military background or service, sex, sexual preference, marital status, or disability except owner-occupied two family dwellings (M.G.L. c. 151B, § 4). A landlord additionally cannot refuse to rent an apartment because an individual receives a rental subsidy or because the apartment contains lead the prospective tenant has children.

Obligation to delead the apartment

If a child under 6 lives in a residential premises containing unlawful levels of lead, the landlord is obligated to remove it.

Landlords or their agents are required to give their tenants a copy of the Massachusetts Lead Law Notification form which explains the dangers of lead paint, and the requirement to remove lead paint in apartments where children under 6 intend to reside.

If you need to remove lead paint from your property, make sure your contractor complies with the Division of Labor and Workforce Development Lead-Safe Renovation regulations (454 CMR 22.00).

Additional Resources for Obligation to delead the apartment

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