I want to know if any has experience offering law enforcement, govt employees, etc. a discount on rent, or perhaps having a program where you let them live rent free (assuming a larger complex of course). Legal? Illegal? Pros? Cons?
How would you pick someone to live for free? Kind of as a way of giving back without running afoul of the law. You may get multiple applications from law enforcement but it gets tricky on whom to pick from there. What criteria could be used or would it be better to have a non-profit select the person and pay the rent instead so it isn't directly affiliated with the apartment complex?
I'm just asking. I don't know.
Is giving a discount to a class of people a violation of some kind of law?
Best advice? Consult a lawyer who is familiar with the local rental laws. Discrimination or favoritism or preferential rates could definitely be a violation of local ordinances if not federal law.
We see law enforcement/military discounts everywhere so I'm thinking it should be fine. As far as city employees or something similar I am more worried about. Any more thoughts?
Its common to give discount for law reinforcement personal. even better if they can park the police car onsite.
I would go with the discount offer, not free apartment.
Don't mix clarity and business, no good deed ever goes unpunished in this business. If you want to give back make a tax deductable donaton.
Chief legal counsel for the local town is a tenant in my apartment building-would I give her a discount? Hell no! She is lucky I rented to a lawyer. ;<)
I give a discount to an officer at a couple of my apartments. They park their car out front and also do courtesy patrol for us. It's a low crime area already but it's extra insurance we like anyway.