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Tenants with Disabilities

Understanding Your Rights as a Tenant with a Disability Covered Disabilities Disabled tenants are protected against housing discrimination by California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). FEHA defines disability broadly to include both physical and mental impairments, including:  HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, epilepsy, heart disease, and more. FEHA views disability as any condition that if left untreated limits a major life activity.

Housing Discrimination

Housing Discrimination Claims Under California law, landlords, master tenants, realtors and property managers are prohibited from discriminating against tenants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, source of income or disability.  Gov’t Code § 12927(a) and Civil Code § 51(b.  Cal. Gov’t Code § 12927; Cal. Civ. Code § 51 et seq.  This is not an exhaustive list. The following types of discrimination are… Read More »

Utility Shut-Offs

Causes of Action for Shut-Off Where a landlord shuts off or interrupts utilities intending to terminate occupancy, a tenant has causes of action against the landlord for (1) breach of contract, (2) negligence, (3) violation of statutory protections under Civil Code section 789.3, (4) wrongful eviction, and (5) violations of local rent control ordinance, where applicable. Damages for Shut-Off A tenant with interrupted utilities can sue to have the utilities turned back on or move out and sue the landlord… Read More »


Mold is Serious Mold is a microscopic fungus that grows in almost every damp setting. Improperly maintained dwellings can have toxic mold levels. Mold infestations will flourish in areas with excess moisture, such as leaks, showers with no ventilating fans, wet basements, and air ducts. Because it only takes a day or two for colonies of mold to form, it is very hard to predict and track outbreaks. If you can see it or smell it, most likely, there is… Read More »

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