The Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina has released a fact sheet with fair housing information for individuals with criminal records who are attempting to rent housing. Housing providers may require individuals to undergo a criminal background check as part of the application process.
However, as the fact sheet notes, under recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), it may violate fair housing laws for housing providers to refuse to rent to someone with a criminal history without considering the nature and severity of the crime(s), how old the record is, and any rehabilitative efforts since the conviction.
Click here to download the Renting with a Criminal History fact sheet.
Legal Aid’s Fair Housing Project can be reached by clicking here or calling toll-free (855) 797-3247.