Housing & Immigration Status
At US Immigration Bonds & Insurance Services, we are immigration bail bondsmen who work with people of varying immigration statuses. Besides getting questions like “what is an immigration bond?”, we also receive questions regarding various challenges that immigrants face. We will focus on everything you want to know about housing and immigration status.
Can I Rent if I am Illegal?
While you can rent as an illegal immigrant, it is much harder to do so when you do not have the proper legal documents. Landlords will be unable to run a background check or the credit score of potential tenants who are illegal. Consequently, many illegal immigrants will face obstacles such as paying high security deposits or living in bad areas.
Can I Buy a Home if I am Illegal?
Buying a home as an illegal immigrant is tough. There are a lot of legal obstacles for illegal immigrants to become homeowners. While there is no law against it, owning a home requires resources or legal documents that many illegal immigrants do not have. One way some illegal immigrants have been able to buy a home is with the help of Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITIN). Getting an ITIN can lead to ITIN loans and an ITIN mortgage. These can help make the dream of home ownership a reality, but they usually come with higher interest rates. Another option may be to pay in cash, which is unrealistic for many people.
What are my Property Rights as an Illegal? Can My Home Be Searched?
The fourth amendment of the United States Constitution focuses on people’s rights to privacy 1. Its purpose is to protect people from unlawful searches and seizures including in their home. Although they are not citizens, illegal immigrants still have the protection of these amendments. In order to search your home, they would need a warrant or “reasonable cause” that could hold up in court.
Will My Landlord Get in Trouble if I am an Illegal Alien?
While there are no national laws regarding having illegal aliens as tenants, there are some local and state laws that have severe penalties for doing so. Your landlord should be familiar with the laws in their area to prevent legal trouble.
Under the Fair Housing Act, it is illegal to for landlords to discriminate against people based on their ethnicity 2. Landlords also must ask for the same documentation from all of their applicants. This practice prevents landlords from discriminating against people based on their ethnicity and suspected immigration status.
At US Immigration Bonds & Insurance Services, we focus on bail bonds for immigration, but we understand the challenges that immigrants face and will do our best to keep you updated on changes in housing and immigration status.
- The United States Constitution- 4th Amendment
- The United States Department of Justice- Fair Housing Act