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Fair Housing

“Fair housing” is an umbrella term used to refer to the various federal, state, and local laws that prohibit discrimination in housing decisions based on membership in a protected class. Different laws specify different protected classes.

As a landlord, it is generally not necessary to know exactly which law applies so long as you understand the key principles that come from each law. However, it can be helpful to understand where federal, state, and local laws align and converge.

California has some of the most expansive and strict fair housing laws in the country. Many common rental policies can raise fair housing concerns and should be carefully developed to avoid illegal discrimination, such as occupancy standards, reasonable accommodations and modifications, assistance animals, live-in aids, source of income, immigration status, and children’s rules. A policy or action can be discriminatory even if there is no intent to discriminate.

Education

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Fresno County and City will collectively distribute over $49 million of emergency rental assistance in 2021 with payments going directly to landlords. These funds are available exclusively to Fresno County…

California law provides significant protections to residents of rental property who are victims of domestic violence or other violent crimes. The legislature has determined that victims of domestic violence should…

San Mateo County will collectively distribute $47 million of emergency rental assistance in 2021 with payments going directly to landlords. These funds are available exclusively to San Mateo County housing…

The 2021 Rental/Lease Agreements include many updates requested by CAA members, such as revisions to the NSF fee provisions, addition of security deposit options when renting to roommates, a prohibition…

Effective January 1, 2020, AB 1482 requires most landlord in California to make significant change to how they do business. This webinar explains the rent control and just cause provisions…

The number of residents 60 years of age or older has increased over the past decade. When renting to seniors, managers must confront common problems affecting the elderly, such as…

In the News

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California’s rental housing industry faces increased scrutiny over the accessibility of company websites. A plaintiff’s attorney recently contacted a Sacramento rental housing company, alleging violations of accessibility requirements under California…