This article summarizes actions that can expose landlords to discrimination lawsuits in their residential renting practices as they relate to COVID-19 and ultimately offers examples of practical solutions that landlords can implement to ensure the safety of their tenants while mitigating the risks of illegal discriminatory practices against tenants who have tested positive for COVID-19. The author discusses statutes and other laws landlords should consider before imposing restrictions on tenants or changing their policies. The pertinent issues for landlords to understand include their individual state's "implied warranty of habitability," as well as federal and local statutes that protect tenants against discrimination — such as the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Some of the solutions the author proposes to help landlords keep their tenants safe while avoiding discrimination include nuances on implementing uniform building-specific restrictions and policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, developing an incident response plan, and staying informed of changing laws and guidelines from government officials.  

A COVID-19 Heavyweight Bout: Tenant Safety Versus Discrimination.