Can an apartment community discriminate based on age?

The short answer is yes. Although there are a few legal exceptions, typically 18 is the minimum age to legally sign a contract, and yes a lease is a contract. In additional some communities are considered ‘senior living communities’ and restrict those under the age 55. Some good examples of Austin senior living communities include:

Bluffs Landing in Round Rock

Lodge at Merilltown in Wells Branch has a 60 and over community

Sun City in Georgetown is a purchase senior living community

Typically, if a community has age restrictions, they abide by them very strictly, meaning that none of the residents in the home (not just those paying rent) can be under the age requirements. Violating this may result in an eviction or a forced sale of your home.