LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County passed an emergency ordinance Tuesday banning housing discrimination based on source of income and evictions related to COVID-19.
According to the county, it is now unlawful to deny any tenant equal access to the rental of a dwelling because they have a COVID-19 eviction. It is also discriminatory to deny an individual housing based on their legal source of income.
“Source of Income” and “Eviction related to COVID-19” were added to the list of prohibited bases of discrimination including:
- National Origin
- Familial Status
Clark County provided the following comments that may be discriminatory in relation to source of income:
- “We don’t take people on SSI.”
- “Two years steady employment required.”
- “Each roommate has to make three times the rent.”
- “We don’t give home loans unless you are employed full-time.”
- “Don’t bother applying if you don’t have a job.”
Commissioner Justin Jones proposed the ordinance, according to a tweet from the county.