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Baltimore City Council passes scaled-back version of bill to bar discrimination against renters using vouchers

Baltimore City Council passes scaled-back version of bill to bar discrimination against renters using vouchers

A bill that would make it illegal for landlords in Baltimore to discriminate against prospective tenants based on the funds they use to pay rent, such as government housing vouchers, won preliminary approval Monday from the City Council, but with one key amendment.

Under the change, there would be an exemption for landlords with more than five contiguous dwellings. Such landlords would have to rent only 20 percent of their units to people with vouchers. The amendment would expire after four years, unless the council conducts a study and finds that it should be kept in place.

Dozens of fair housing advocates who backed the original bill marched through the city before the...

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