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Old 04-04-2008, 12:56 AM
 
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I am doing a paper on renting apartments to people who has a criminal record. I am doing a poll on do you think its right to discriminate those who has done their time. Their working hard everyday on a job but can't get an apartment beccause they have a felony record. Please give me your opinion on this topic.
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Old 04-04-2008, 01:04 AM
 
Location: California
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As a rental property owner, I would say that it depends on what the felony was for. I could not in good conscious put someone in one of our homes that was a potential threat to those in the neighborhood. We maintain our homes and feel that even though we don't live in the homes, we want to be good neighbors.

I'm curious though, since I'm assuming you are a student. As a professor, I caution you that research like this could not seriously be considered as accurate or valid. Just thought I would throw that out there. Of course, I'm not familiar with your "paper" and it's requirements.
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Old 04-04-2008, 01:11 AM
 
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I thank you for your comment and yes I am a student I am really throwing something out there to see what will catch. I do have concerns about this issue also. Since you as a landlord is judging this person just because they have a felony but has changed and have a job that they can afford an apartment. So now their being punish and discriminating them from renting. So you're saying even though they have a felony record they are bad people.
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Old 04-04-2008, 07:56 AM
 
Location: PA
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Wow, the grammar.
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Old 04-04-2008, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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I agree with the above poster, it would depend on the nature of the crime. Sex crimes would potentially threaten a neighborhood.
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Old 04-04-2008, 11:54 AM
 
Location: SE Alaska
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I live in an area where there are LOTS of felony offenders (and lots of felony sex offenders, specifically)--and I'm just basing this on experience--if I was a landlord, I'd say NO WAY. I also work part-time in Law Enforcement. So many apartments used by ex-cons end up trashed, police visits are common, drugs are everywhere--what landlord in their right mind would want to risk that, plus the liability of--God forbid--someone getting killed??


My question is--why SHOULDN'T it be harder for these folks to rent than say, a good, upstanding, tax-paying citizen with no criminal record? And--based purely on my observations in my area--people really don't seem to change that much.

That said, I do have sympathy for folks who are trying to make a change for the positive with their life. But here's the thing--to prove this to the rest of the world, it may take an ex-con a lot longer to walk the straight and narrow before being trusted. That's just the way it is.
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Old 04-05-2008, 02:36 AM
 
Location: Laguna Hills, CA
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I thank you for your comment and yes I am a student I am really throwing something out there to see what will catch. I do have concerns about this issue also. Since you as a landlord is judging this person just because they have a felony but has changed and have a job that they can afford an apartment. So now their being punish and discriminating them from renting. So you're saying even though they have a felony record they are bad people.
I do not think the poster you are responding to is judging the convicted felon or saying he or she is a bad person. They are being realistic and protecting not only their investment but the community in which the investment is located. Fortunately, there are felons who do make a change for the positive, however, there are those that fall back into the same lifestyle.
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Old 04-05-2008, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Northeastern WI
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I am doing a paper on renting apartments to people who has a criminal record. I am doing a poll on do you think its right to discriminate those who has done their time. Their working hard everyday on a job but can't get an apartment beccause they have a felony record. Please give me your opinion on this topic.



I dont think its fair, but it should depend on the crime. As long as they can show a steady work history. Heck, its just as bad as insurance companies doing a credit check to determine how much they should charge you for insurance (and these days, many do). The 'old wives tale' is that people with not-so-good credit tend to get into more accidents, therefore, they are charged a higher rate. Its been proven thats wrong, but try convincing them.
Point being, again, it should depend on the crime and if its a repeated criminal. Just my thoughts.
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Old 04-05-2008, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Goodyear, Arizona
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I work at a prison. No way would I want to rent to a past felon. I wouldn't want their friends around. The recidivism rate is too high and many of these people have no intentions of changing their patterns. That being said, if I got to know an ex-felon and really felt they had changed, I could probably be swayed to make an exception. Generally speaking, not a chance!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-05-2008, 07:39 PM
 
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i own a home i rent out and.
no i would not rent to a felon or anyone with a violent criminal record or a convicted thief
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