Common Examples of Housing Discrimination

It is illegal in the state of California for landlords, real estate agents, home sellers, builders, and mortgage lenders to discriminate against people who fall into protected categories. Under California law, housing providers can’t discriminate against a person based on the following things:

  • Religion
  • Race, color
  • Disability, mental or physical
  • Ancestry, national origin
  • Sexual orientation
  • Sex, gender
  • Marital status
  • Gender identity, gender expression
  • Familial status
  • Source of income
  • Genetic information

Under the Unruh Civil Rights Act, the following are also protected categories:

  • Citizenship
  • Primary language
  • Immigration status

When dealing with people who fall into protected categories, it is illegal to do the following:

  • Refuse to sell, rent, or lease rooms, apartments, condos, or houses
  • Suggest that housing that is available has been taken off the market
  • Deny a home loan or homeowner’s insurance
  • Make a housing offer that has inferior terms, conditions, privileges, facilities, or services
  • Prevent a disabled tenant from making reasonable modifications at their own expense to accommodate a disability
  • Refuse to make necessary and reasonable accommodations in housing rules, policies, practices, or services so a disabled person has the equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling
  • Retaliate against a party for filing a complaint or asserting their rights under the fair housing law

Speak to Our FEHA Lawyers Today

At the Tenant Law Group, PC, we are committed to holding landlords and property management companies who have discriminated against tenants accountable for their actions. We are familiar with the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Unruh Civil Rights Act, and we will use our full resources to defend your rights and pursue the justice you deserve. Get in touch with our legal team today to find out what we can do for you.

Call (415) 915-7445 to set up a free consultation with one of our attorneys so we can review the details of your case.

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