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City of Philadelphia

Discrimination Is Illegal

In Philadelphia, it is illegal for landlords to discriminate against tenants because of their: 
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Color
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Ancestry
  • Disability
  • Marital status
  • Age
  • Source of income
  • Familial status
  • Domestic or sexual violence victim status
Landlords cannot do any of the following if it is based on any of the previous categories:
  • Refuse to rent housing
  • Make housing unavailable
  • Set different terms, conditions or privileges in the lease
  • Refuse to make reasonable accommodations/modifications
  • Otherwise discriminate

Need Help?

Learn more about discrimination from the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations