Apartment Complex Requires Report Cards From Families To Get Leases

TAMPA (CBS Tampa) – A community group is giving two Palm Beach area apartment complexes an “F” for asking prospective renters to show their children’s report cards.

The Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches tells WPTV-TV the policy is illegal and discriminatory.

Vince Larkins, president and CEO of the Fair Housing Center, says the group found ads on Craigslist  requesting report cards. That’s discrimination, he says, and now the Sonoma Bay and Marsh Harbour communities are being sued in federal court.

“The fact kids are being required to have their personal information given to an association is obviously an invasion of their family privacy,” Larkins said.

The lawsuit will push for the communities to drop that policy, as well as a rule that requires a sundown curfew for children.

“We had testers posing as prospective renters, and those tests confirmed those policies were being implemented at that time,” added Larkins.

Sonoma Bay resident Julie Sattler tells the station she would not have moved in if she had to provide the complex with her kids’ report cards.

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