My application to rent a house was denied because I’m a smoker. Doesn’t that violate fair-housing laws?
No. A landlord can refuse to lease to smokers as long as he consistently enforces such a prohibition. Federal fair-housing laws make it illegal for the landlord to choose tenants based on applicants’ race, color, sex, national origin, religion, handicap, and familial status. Smokers, however, are not a protected class.