What are Illegal forms of Discrimination?

Under California’s Fair employment and housing Act and the Civil Rights Act, it is unlawful for a landlord, managing agent, real estate broker, or salesperson to discriminate against any person because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to them, as well as gender and perception of gender), sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, source of income, disability, medical condition, or age in any of the following ways:

  • Refusing to lease, rent or sell.
  • Refusing to negotiate a sale, rental or lease.
  • Claiming that the unit/housing is not available for inspection, sale, or rental when it is in fact available.
  • Denying or withholding housing accommodations.
  • Providing inferior/unjust housing terms, conditions, privileges, facilities or services.
  • Harassing a person related to housing accommodations.
  • Cancelling or terminating a sale or lease/rental agreement.
  • Segregating housing accommodations or housing.
  • Refusing to permit a person with disabilities, at the person with a disability own expense, to make reasonable accommodations to a rental unit that are necessary to allow the person “full enjoyment of the premise.” As a condition of making modifications, the landlord can require the disabled person to enter an agreement to restore the unit to its normal state at the end of the lease, this does not include wear and tear.
  • Refusing “equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling”. This includes refusing to make reasonable accommodations in policies, rules, practices, or services that are necessary for a disabled person. Examples include refusing to allow service animals or service companions.

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