College Students

ImageDo you manage properties in a college town?  If you don’t want college students in your units, or you don’t want undergraduate students, you CAN discriminate against them.  There is no law against it.  Many property owners want to be able to advertise, “No undergraduate students allowed.”  Non-student tenants are generally less management-intensive, and usually rent for longer periods of time. Non-student tenants usually do not want to be around students, so your advertising on this subject may be attractive to them.

These are the ONLY protected classes of people in Alabama. You can refuse housing to anyone else, as long as you are consistent and as long as it is not an excuse for discriminating against one of the protected classes:

  1. Race
  2. Color
  3. Religion
  4. National origin
  5. Sex
  6. Familial status (meaning, the presence of children under 18 and/or pregnant women)
  7. Disability

Sorry, college students!  I was one for seven years, and remember how hard it was to find decent housing at an affordable price. But, the landlord has the right to choose its tenants in this circumstance, and you are often considered undesirable because of widespread behavior problems, and constant turnover.