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Discrimination runs rampant in real estate rental market

Federal study shows disabled people face barriers to housing

People with disabilities face discrimination in up to half of apartment rental inquiries, according to a study released Monday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Chicago-based study, "Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities: Barriers at Every Step," found that hearing-impaired people were discriminated against approximately 50 percent of the time when using a telephone-operator relay to search for rentals. Mobility-impaired people using wheelchairs, meanwhile, faced discrimination about one-third of the time when they visited rental properties. The federal agency plans to use the comprehensive study to educate consumers and landlords on their rights as well as provide fair housing advocates with new guidelines and strategies that will allow them to investigate and detect discrimination against people with disabilities, according to a HUD announcement. In addition, the study is intended to assist the agency in continuing to monitor discrimination a...