DeLuca bill would offer protection from predatory housing groups

HARRISBURG, March 2 – Housing advocacy groups would have to notify individuals about residential leasing practices that may violate housing discrimination law based on familial status under legislation introduced by state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny.

DeLuca said the bill would give individuals who have been notified about practices that may violate housing discrimination law one week to correct the advertisement or face the possibility of legal action from a housing advocacy group. This legislation would not apply to companies that rent properties.

“I suspect many of our constituents do not know that familial status is a protected class and this legislation could serve as an educational tool,” DeLuca said. “A housing advocacy group sued two senior citizen landlords in my district because of the way their advertisement for a rental property was worded. Had the couple been notified about a potential violation, they could have corrected an oversight in their advertisement.” 

 The legislation has been introduced as H.B. 635.