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Q: I enjoy reading your articles and hope you can give me some information in regards to renting out a room with private bath in the lower level of my home for additional income. I would furnish utilities, washer and dryer, kitchen privileges, storage area if needed, and some furniture. I need to know if renting out a room in a personal residence comes under the same federal laws prohibiting discrimination, or do I have more leeway? I want rent to a graduate student, preferably female, because I live alone and would feel more comfortable with a renter of the same sex. --Marilyn Z. A: There's a lot of misunderstanding out there about whether the federal rules prohibiting discrimination apply in a "lodger" situation. The cause of the confusion is the part of the law that ...