Tucson’s ‘source of income’ renter rule violates state law, AG says

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich ordered the city of Tucson to accept a law that prohibits landlords from discriminating against renters who receive government assistance, after he deemed it unconstitutional.

Brnovich’s non-binding legal opinion is that Tucson’s “source of income” law is unconstitutional according to a press release published Thursday.

If Tucson does not rescind its ordinance within the next 30 days, the attorney general’s office will notify the state treasurer, who will withhold the city’s portion of state shared revenue until it comes into compliance, said Brittni Thomason, a spokesperson for the Arizona Attorney General’s office.

“Tucson’s ordinance restricting home sellers and (landlords) from considering the source of income of interested individuals violates state law,” Brnovich said in a press release on Thursday. “It must therefore be repealed within 30 days.”

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