Can a landlord force a homemade ID on us?

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Can a landlord force a homemade ID on us?

We live in a privately owned housing complex where H.U.D. holds subsidies on some of the units, one of which I live in. Myself and my 2 teen aged children have State issued ID cards and I feel like our Civil Rights are being violated, almost like Racial Discrimination of sorts. Can they do this?

Asked on July 26, 2010 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

So, the ID is for the housing complex? There is nothing inherently wrong or objectionable about this. Many institutions issue their own IDs. For example, colleges and universities; many jobs or employers; many office buildings (independent of any employer IDs); hotels, while a  guest; gated communities, retirement communities, etc. If the ID is being offered on a discriminatory basis--for example, only African American tenants have to have them; or only the elderly; or only woman; etc.--then that would be a different story, and there might be some housing discrimination implicated. However, if all tenants receive them, there should be nothing objectionable about a housing complex giving IDs to its tenants (or, for that matter, issuing temporary ones to guests).

 


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