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A COVID-19 Heavyweight Bout Tenant Safety Versus Discrimination

By Alex J. Schnepf

Alex J. Schnepf is an associate at Katten in Chicago, Illinois.

With news media outlets covering COVID-19 daily, it’s no secret that fear of the disease has taken the nation by storm. These fears have spurred state-wide shutdowns, mandatory mask-wearing, and other drastic measures from governments across the world. The pandemic has also created a challenge for landlords attempting to balance tenant safety with anti-discrimination laws. This article will discuss acts that may expose landlords to discrimination lawsuits in their residential renting practices, as those practices relate to COVID-19, and some practical solutions to help ensure tenant safety while minimizing the risk of engaging in illegal discriminatory practices against COVID-19-positive tenants.

This article addresses the legal and practical challenges that the COVID-19 virus has foisted upon residential landlords and property managers nationw

This article addresses the legal and practical challenges that the COVID-19 virus has foisted upon residential landlords and property managers nationw

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