Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 5 signed a bill that would crack down on rental property owners who discriminate against tenants based on immigration status.

Under AB 291, dubbed the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act, a landlord could face civil penalties if he or she attempts to influence a tenant to vacate the  dwelling unit or attempts to recover possession of the dwelling unit based on the individual’s immigration status. The legislation, by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, offers protections against eviction for tenants whose landlords demand to see Social Security numbers or other validating documents after the landlord previously approved the tenant for occupancy with or without that information.

Moreover, AB 291 would provide previously approved tenants with an automatic defense against unlawful-detainer lawsuits that attribute evictions to a lack of identifying documents.

Assemlyman David Chiu

CAA agreed to support the bill after securing …

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