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Yes! The city’s fair housing law, as well as State and federal law apply, to all apartments - conventional or subsidized.
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No. Federal fair housing law and regulations prohibit a landlord from charging a double security deposit when a reasonable modification is made by a tenant. However, the tenant may have to bear the cost of any modifications. The tenant is responsible for restoring changes he or she made to the interior only if, upon termination, the changes would interfere with the use of the apartment by future tenants. The Ohio and Shaker Heights Fair Housing Acts have similar requirements.
You can contact the city’s Fair Housing office, and the city can undertake “testing” to find out if the landlord treats persons of other races differently.