Conn. Legislator Calls for Ban on Biased Phrasing in Realty Ads

Connecticut State Sen. Edward L. Marcus announced here today that he will introduce legislation prohibiting use of the words “restricted area” in any real estate advertising, when the Connecticut General Assembly convenes next year. Mr. Marcus recently complained about an advertisement appearing in a local newspaper, in which the words “restricted area” appeared concerning the sale of a farm.

The legislator demanded an immediate clarification of the phrase, pointing out that discrimination is strictly prohibited in the sale of real estate in Connecticut. The broker’s explanation that the phrase meant that the land was zoned and no industrial or commercial use would be permitted, was rejected by Mr. Marcus, who said that this reply does not “ring true.” He said, that in his opinion, “the words connote all of the things which the majority of us feel are detrimental to our society.”

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