Can a landlord reject tenants without a social security number, or are there any laws to this in MA? As a landlord, I can't run a credit check or a background check on tenants without a social security number. Since I am in the student rental market, a lot of them come from overseas with no social security so I am not sure if I should skip over them or take other documents such as a passport that they may have. What would be the safest thing to do as a landlord?
Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney
It is legal to require an SSN for a background check so move on and be safe.
General Practice Lawyer
As a landlord you are unable to discriminate in Massachusetts. You should save this link to your desktop- http://www.lawlib.state.ma.us/subject/about/landlord.html I hope this leads you in the right direction. FYI Having a rental application is typical (have an attorney review to make sure you are seeking information you can legally request).
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I believe that this is more of a business question than legal.
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