Bill prohibiting housing discrimination advances in Colorado House

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DENVER (KDVR) — The Colorado General Assembly advanced a bill which added discrimination based on source of income as a type of unfair housing practice.

Source of income discrimination refers to the practice of refusing to rent to a housing applicant because that person’s lawful form of income.

Source of income includes:

  • Money paid directly, indirectly, or on behalf of a person
  • Income from any lawful profession
  • Any government or private assistance, grant, or loan program

Based on a person’s source of income, a person cannot:

  • Refuse to rent, lease or show a property for rent or lease
  • Refuse to send out an offer to rent or lease housing
  • Discriminate in the terms or conditions of a rental agreement
  • Discriminate because of a person’s participation in a 3rd-party contract
  • Include any limitation or preference in any advertisement for the rent or lease of housing
  • Use representations related to a person’s source of income to induce another person to rent or lease property.

The restrictions do not apply to a landlord with three or fewer rental units.

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