I live in Arizona. Under which circumstances can I claim discrimination? Can I claim discrimination if the reason he won't renew the lease is because he wants to get rid of me since I forced him to fulfill his legal obligations as the realtor of the property (by placing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau)? Or are there only certain things which can be considered discrimination, such as not renting to a particular tenant because of his age, skin colour, ethnicity, income level, political affiliation, or level of education?
Same as in the other posting, they can choose not to renew the lease for no reason at all. If you are in a protected class and that's the reason for not renting, you may have a claim. Not renewing because you filed a BBB complaint is within their rights.
And just a note, you indicate you filed a complaint against your Realtor and that the Realtor may also be the home owner. Before going further about the complaints you should find out if the Realtor is also the owner. If they don't own the house their responsibilities ended once the lease was signed and you moved in. Any complaints about the home and/or repairs would need to be directed to the owner or the management company.
I'm not sure I see a fair housing claim here. Perhaps another attorney does. What I see is a potential retaliation claim. What was the nature of the complaint with the BBB? I need more information to determine if the landlord (or the Real Estate agent) retaliated against you in any way. Right now, the failure to renew a lease is not, by itself, retaliation or discrimination. I recommend you meet with an attorney to discuss your case.
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