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Old 03-02-2016, 10:46 PM
 
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My wife and I went to view a house listed for rent the other day. The ad said available in a week or so and the lease term of 1 year.
The lady showed us the home, which was perfect for what we wanted. I told her I was military and a year would be the min lease we'd be able to commit to with a possibility of extending after that.
I then asked to confirm if the lease was for a year and she said the owner wanted someone else who can commit to a longer term to rent out the property.
Is this any form of discrimination?
She said he didn't want to keep renting out because he was tired of re changing the carpeting and painting. I thought that was what the deposit was for.
Anyway we were pretty bummed out because that is not what the rental ad specified at all. Had she mentioned this over the phone it would have saved us some time and disappointent from really liking this house.
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Old 03-02-2016, 11:16 PM
 
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The prospective Landlord can pick and choose whom they wish to lease to so long as its not based on race, color, sex, family status, religion etc.

Wanting a longer term than you want is perfectly alright.
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Old 03-03-2016, 08:03 PM
 
Location: C-U metro
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The ect. DOES include veteran status.

Based on what you wrote, you have been discriminated against. You could file a complaint with OKC Housing Authority but that's if you really, really wanted the house. If you lost money on an application fee, they would make certain to it is refunded but I don't know what other remedies you would be afforded.
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Old 03-03-2016, 11:38 PM
 
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The ect. DOES include veteran status.

Based on what you wrote, you have been discriminated against. You could file a complaint with OKC Housing Authority but that's if you really, really wanted the house. If you lost money on an application fee, they would make certain to it is refunded but I don't know what other remedies you would be afforded.
The landlord didn't say they wouldn't rent because the OP is a vet. The landlord said they wanted a longer term lease than the OP could.

The OP could sign whatever lease they wanted. The military doesn't dictate how long you can sign a lease for. They can break the lease by giving the Landlord a copy of PCS, Deployment order (more than 90 days) or Separation orders (so long as its honorable).
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Old 03-05-2016, 08:46 AM
 
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Actually, they did by inference. The agent told them at first that the landlord was offering a 1 year lease term. The public ad also stated a 1 year lease term with near immediate availability. Once the OP notified the agent they were in the military, the agent changed the deal and wanted a longer lease term.

This is discrimination based on the following.

1) The landlord/agent advertised a 1 year lease term and the landlord/agent confirmed this when showing the property.
2) The OP willfully disclosed their military status.
3) The landlord/agent THEN changed the desired terms for the rental and declined to rent to them.

The inference discrimination changes to "red-handed" discrimination if they then leased the property to another renter for the advertised 1 year lease term rather than the new terms.

It's a pretty clean case given they publicly advertised a 1 year term with near immediate availability. Changing the deal after meeting with the OP to a term the OP could not or would not meet is discriminatory. Again, I don't know what remedies the OP would be entitled to in this case as they do not appear to be financially harmed.
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Old 03-05-2016, 01:04 PM
 
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It's legal. If they said no because you were in the Military it would get iffy but wanting a long term tenant isn't discrimination regardless of how long they lock you in with a lease.



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Actually, they did by inference. The agent told them at first that the landlord was offering a 1 year lease term. The public ad also stated a 1 year lease term with near immediate availability. Once the OP notified the agent they were in the military, the agent changed the deal and wanted a longer lease term.
Where did you read any of that? Saying the lease term is 1yr means JUST THAT! That does NOT mean that the landlord didn't want a long term tenant, only that the lease was only a year. It's VERY common to lease people for a year and then go month to month for the duration of rental. There is nothing in the OP statement that says they "changed the deal ". Sounds like their preference for a long term tenant was left out, but that's very different than discrimination.
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Old 03-05-2016, 10:01 PM
 
Location: C-U metro
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My wife and I went to view a house listed for rent the other day. The ad said available in a week or so and the lease term of 1 year.

The lady showed us the home, which was perfect for what we wanted. I told her I was military and a year would be the min lease we'd be able to commit to with a possibility of extending after that.

I then asked to confirm if the lease was for a year and she said the owner wanted someone else who can commit to a longer term to rent out the property.

Paragraph 3. The agent/landowner changed the deal upon learning Veteran status.
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Old 03-07-2016, 03:07 PM
 
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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OP: I assume you're heading to Tinker. If the person showing the place changed her mind after you indicated you were military, despite your saying you were interested in a term of one year with the option to extend, then she may have changed her mind because of a tenant getting PCS'ed before the term expires. I would notify the Housing Referral Office at Tinker as opposed to dealing with online suggestions; they will be able to determine if there was any discrimination, and advise any action, which may include them placing the lessor on a prohibited list. Remember, though, unless you were recording it, or have multiple reliable witnesses, it's regrettably your word against hers.
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