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Can i refuse to rent my vacation home in NYS to tenants under the age of 21?

Brant Lake, NY |

private home in private adirondack lake community. afraid of renting to groups of high school "after-prom" groups and/or college students who are under 21 due to the likelihood that they will be drinking.

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It would be discrimination on the basis of age to refuse to rent to tenants under the age of 21.
A tenant at least 18 years old has the right to rent an apartment. However, you could screen-out tenants using who don't meet certain criteria such as good credit, positive tenancy references and history of full-time employment. Have all applicants complete a rental application.You should also have lease provisions which prohibit parties. Protect yourself by charging a large security deposit. Consult with an attorney for guidelines on screening tenants and using leases.

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