Religious family complicates life for tenants

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Q: I live in a large apartment complex, and have as neighbors a family that takes their religion, and its mandate that they spread their faith, very seriously. I'm constantly greeted with blessings and inquiries as to my spiritual condition, and written materials are often left at my door. Even a casual encounter in the elevator or laundry room becomes an opportunity to spread their views. Other tenants in the complex have had the same experience, and we've complained to management. They answer that it would be illegal to interfere with these tenants' free expression of their religion, even though it substantially annoys other residents. What do you think? --Larry S. A: Management is taking a very cautious approach to your complaint, no doubt mindful of the Fair Housing Act's prohibition against discrimination on the basis of a tenant's religion. Aware that their ads cannot indicate a preference for tenants of a certain religion (or against others), that they cannot turn p...