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Phrases That Violate Fair Housing Laws

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When describing your rental, please be aware the misuse of a phrase can, however innocently used, be in violation of federal fair housing laws. The list below is fromHousing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME)

The following list of words and phrases are considered to be in violation of the federal fair housing laws when used in advertising of the sale or rental of housing because they may indicate a preference, limitation or discrimination to the ordinary reader. This list is not all-inclusive but should be used as a guide and example of unacceptable language.



  • Max 2 people, 3rd extra charge
  • Great for one
  • 1 Person pref.
  • ideal for couple
  • ideal for working couple
  • ideal for adults
  • Suitable for couple
  • In quiet adult community
  • perfect for working single
  • adults pref.
  • ideal for 2 adults
  • professional & students only
  • looking for professional
  • mature adults
  • professional couple pref.
  • 1 person pref.
  • employed couple or single
  • ideal for a single
  • employed male/student
  • ideal for singles & students
  • ideal for single person /couple
  • perfect for students
  • suits 1-2 employed adult/student
  • ideal for male/female
  • great for students
  • no pets or children
  • max 2 people
  • ideal for single female
  • working single
  • male/female suitable for one
  • 2 bedroom maximum 2 person occupancy