It’s perfectly legal for Orange County landlords to reject tenants based on where their money comes from | Orlando Area News | Orlando

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There’s no law in Orange County that prohibits landlords from discriminating against Section 8 housing voucher recipients, but that could change soon.

Currently, landlords and property managers across Central Florida can legally discriminate against or refuse to accept tenants who use a housing voucher to help cover the cost of rent. That’s true in most cities and counties across Florida, but in Orange County, that could change soon if a new local ordinance up for a public hearing later this month is approved by the board of county commissioners.

That ordinance, proposed as a “Tenant’s Bill of Rights,” would prohibit discrimination in housing based on a person’s lawful source of income.

What does that mean?

According to a draft ordinance presented to county commissioners in November, “lawful source of income” is defined as income that comes from a lawful profession or job, any government or private

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