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Sun Jul 5, 2020, 08:37 PM

1. Seems strange. If I was a landlord I'd want to rent to older people

Quieter, more dependable in general.

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Tue Jul 7, 2020, 07:15 PM

2. That's true, older people are usually more settled

and reliable, but there's also the push to attract young, healthy, vibrant up- and- coming younger people, particularly in major urban areas where the job market is typically more stable and well paying especially for professional work.

(BTW, property management companies research and ask seekers about background- credit scores, income, bankruptcy, criminal record, past eviction, divorce, job loss, check social media, etc. depending on how strict they are in approving applicants).

To me it resembles what a DUer wrote recently about how some employers avoid hiring 'older workers' because they're often viewed to 'have more health problems, require more time off, and other issues.' I recall years back how AARP sought in members the 'young and well senior market'- those who were more active, healthy and desirable for image than the 'older, frail and sick elderly.' If true or not I don't know, but I can imagine it.

As the article notes, the DC area property companies in the lawsuit explicitly targeted through Facebook ads only people age 20-40, no one over 50. Lousy policy. Older people usually have accrued more financial stability and own property, either a single family home or a condo instead of renting- minus the disastrous foreclosures, layoffs and problems caused by the 2007-08 financial crisis. (Yet in Germany renting is not that unusual for any age I've heard).

There are exceptions to age bias in housing, namely if people over 40 or 50 work for the government or a solid corporation they're regarded as acceptable tenants. I know a community with many over-50 renters that are employees of the State Dept. and other federal agencies who travel for work quite a lot.
> Age isn't the only 'redlining' category, a few years ago there was an investigation over ads by Facebook that were designed to screen out blacks, people of color, immigrants, gays, etc. for housing according to this ProPublica article: *"Facebook allows advertisers to exclude users by race and other categories," ProPublica, 2016*

Apologies for the long winded reply, I obviously hold strong views about social and economic discrimination.

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