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Are you facing discriminatory rental practices?

Racial discrimination in housing remains a serious issue in New Mexico and across the United States. Many racial minorities face systemic barriers when trying to secure rental housing. Some landlords may consciously or unconsciously favor applicants from certain racial backgrounds, leading to unequal treatment.

They might ask more intrusive questions or require additional documentation from minority applicants, creating unnecessary hurdles and discouraging applications.

Limited affordable housing

Racial minorities often struggle to find affordable housing due to high rent prices. Historical factors like redlining and discriminatory lending have hurt their chances of building wealth. This makes it harder for them to afford good housing. New Mexico works to find fair housing for all its residents.

High credit score demands

Many rental applications need a high credit score, which can be a problem for minorities. Systemic economic issues and fewer chances to build wealth often lead to lower credit scores for minorities. This makes it tough for them to get approved for rental housing.

Biased criminal background checks

Landlords sometimes use criminal background checks unfairly. Minority groups, especially African Americans and Hispanics, are often affected by the criminal justice system. Rejecting applicants solely based on their criminal records adds to housing discrimination.

Language barriers

Non-English speaking minorities may face problems because of language barriers. Landlords who do not offer translation services or use complex language can unintentionally discriminate. This makes it hard for non-English speakers to understand rental agreements and applications.

Fighting housing discrimination

To fight these barriers, enforcing fair housing laws, educating landlords and supporting minority applicants is needed. Advocacy and legal help can assist those who face discrimination in renting. Ensuring equal housing opportunities for all helps build a fair and inclusive society.