The definition of harassment in regards to tenants has now expanded to include citizenship status.
The list of items that a person cannot be discriminated against is based on actual or perceived:
- National Origin
- Marital Status
- Partnership Status
- Caregiver Status
- Uniformed Status
- Sexual Orientation
- Alienage or Citizenship Status
- Lawful source of income
- Status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses, or stalking
- Children are/would be residing in unit
Nobody’s residency in a unit can be threatened based off of any of these characteristics.
As a landlord, you cannot ask for any kind of documents that would prove or disprove them being or not being a citizen. The exemption of this is if there’s a legal requirement for why these documents are necessary.
Tenant harassment is often used as a tactic to remove a batch of tenants from properties, in order to raise the rent for the following tenants. This creates an issue in regards to affordable housing.
More information on the Certificate of No Harassment can be found here.