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Question: What is Source of Income Discrimination?

Answer: Source of income is defined as legal, verifiable income paid directly to the tenant or his or her representative (such as a payee). Some examples of income types are Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), veteran’s benefits, General Assistance, child support, spousal support, unemployment insurance, pensions, and wages.

Landlords may not refuse to deal with a prospective tenant, or deal with them differently, because their income includes sources other than wages (such as those listed above). Additionally, it can also be illegal to have a preference for one occupation over another.

In Colorado, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers are not considered tenant income, and therefore a housing provider is not required to accept a voucher. Housing providers are also not required to treat other rental assistance programs as income.

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