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What is the risk renting to a person on workers comp?

What is the risk renting to a person on workers comp? Claims a big settlement is forthcoming.
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March 05 2011 - Corona
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Sorry John, admittedly I misread your post.  You were so right in the last sentence that you would be in trouble if you base it on the "source". What I misread, because of the first two sentences of your post, is that you must rent to them or face risk a discrimination lawsuit.
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March 22 2011
Chris, you're killing me!  Don't know why you say you're disagreeing with me - you made my point.  If you're denying an application because the source of income is WC, that's exactly what I'm talking about.  The base assumption with WC is that the person will someday heal and go back to work in whatever occupation they had before, or something reasonably close to it.  The reality here in California is that many WC cases convert to long term or permanent disability cases - therefore the renter is now "disabled," a protected class with its own rules.
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March 22 2011
I respectfully disagree with John. As long as your reason to not rent to the applicant was inability to pay, bad credit, criminal record, or bad rental history, the same criteria you approve or disapprove any other applicant, and *not* because the applicant is a subject of Worker's Comp, then you are not doing anything unethical or violating any Fair Housing laws.

That said, make sure you are not basing your determination on the "source" of their lack of income. Run your background checks like anyone else and do not factor in the "forthcoming settlement."

This is not intended to be legal advice, yada yada yada.
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March 22 2011
The biggest risk is a discrimination lawsuit if you don't.  The applicant may be in a protected class due to their diasability.  Best to run the details by your attorney if you are rejecting an application based upon source of income.
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March 22 2011
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penney=penny. lol

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March 07 2011
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The risk  is that he/she is the liar loser type that is trying to milk the system for every penney he/she can get, and you could be next. However, the next person might want to be setting up a meth lab, or a grow house.

All I can suggest is what evey landlord knows- get some references, and not just those from friends and relatives. Credit history, places of employment, and as wetdawgs posted, the current ability to pay.  Good luck.
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March 07 2011
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The individual should be evaluated like any one else as a rental candidate, i.e. on their ability to pay today.

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March 07 2011
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Tell him/her to speak to you after the "big settlement" has arrived. Until he/she can provide evidence that they can afford the rent, move on to other potential tenants.
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