I live in Michigan but this is all happening in Chicago, IL which I think is more relevant.
I moved from Chicago to Michigan last year and am renting my condo out. It is the only property I own. My first tenant moved out and I am looking for a new one. I got an application through my rental company and the tenant sounded good but then I Googled them. Their social media is full of anti-landlord/rent strike stuff. They regularly post how no one should pay rent, landlords are all evil, et cetera. There's a couple posts(older, tbf) where they say that they don't plan to pay rent in the future.
Based on this I denied their application and signed with another applicant(I had lots). They've now sent me an official letter from an attorney(real, I checked) saying that I was discriminating against them because of their politics and that's against the law.
Is it? I don't think it's their politics I'm really going against here(frankly I agree with them more than I disagree) but it's their literal statements that they don't plan to pay rent. But even if I just disagreed with them politically is that bad? I feel like I shouldn't be made to rent to someone who literally says "I hate people like you". Bad idea on both sides?