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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- More renters are complaining of bias by Utah landlords.
In one case, a building manager who objected to the smell of foreign food coming from a tenant's apartment refused to renew the lease.
The number of complaints about housing discrimination related to race, national origin or disability more than tripled over the past six years, a newspaper reported Sunday.
In 2007, more disability complaints were filed than any other type of complaint, The Salt Lake Tribune said. The state's Antidiscrimination & Labor Division says more disabled people are speaking out about their rights that landlords fail to recognize.
One example: People suffering from clinical depression have the right to keep a companion animal, regardless of any pet ban.
The state tries to resolve discrimination complaints by mediation. If that fails, the state's only housing investigator can try to establish the validity of a complaint or, more rarely, file a lawsuit.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune
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