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When it comes to negotiating a lease or paying fair rent, gay and transgender renters may soon get more protection.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developmentsaid it's fast-tracking a nationwide study to determine the extent of housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It's also proposing regulations to insure these individuals won't be denied public housing or government housing vouchers because of their identities.
HUD's initiatives will soon be posted for public comment, but the agency offered no timeline for the study or regulations.
If the regulations pass, gay and transgender renters would get legal firepower they've never had, though not as extensive as other protected classes. The proposed regulations only cover HUD rental programs, so not all apartments will be included.
Still, the regulations would cover the most vulnerable, those who depend on government help for housing.....