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Can a past conviction affect my housing prospects?

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2024 | Criminal defense | 0 comments

Any person convicted of a crime can find it challenging to get back on their feet regardless of whether they committed a misdemeanor or felony. Even if they try to turn over a new leaf, they can face obstacles because of their criminal history, which can impact their lives. Sometimes, they may feel compelled to move and start a new life, but they could suffer from discrimination because of their background, which tends to happen when looking for a new place to live.

Finding for a new home should be an exciting event, but it can be difficult for convicted individuals. Even if they have already fulfilled their legal obligations, property sellers and landlords may reject them because of their past convictions. This issue became so significant that the law has provisions prohibiting housing practices that can be discriminatory against them.

What prohibitions may apply?

The Just Housing Amendment (JHA) prohibits using a person’s criminal record as the only basis for housing opportunities, including various practices:

  • Conducting a criminal record check for rental applications
  • Suddenly increasing the price after learning about a person’s criminal history
  • Making rental postings that have discriminatory statements
  • Lying upfront, such as saying a property is not available when it is

Despite this policy, there could be exceptions based on the circumstances.

Understanding what happens after receiving a conviction

Having a criminal conviction on record may not seem like a big deal until later when it gets in the way of career or housing opportunities. The repercussions can be unpredictable, making legal counsel vital in dealing with the charges and going through the justice system. Experienced guidance might not guarantee an ideal outcome, but it can help you understand the situation thoroughly and determine ways to address issues along the way.