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Support Animals

It is unlawful for a landlord to unreasonably deny a disabled tenant a support, emotional support, or service animal or attempt to evict or refuse to rent to a disabled tenant with a support or service animal. A landlord is also prohibited from requiring pet rent or pet deposits for support or service animals. Under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), the Unruh Civil Rights Act, and the Federal Fair Housing Act, a landlord who denies a disabled tenant […]

Housing Discrimination

Housing Discrimination Claims Under California law, landlords, master tenants, realtors and property managers are prohibited from discriminating against tenants.  Gov’t Code § 12927(e) and Civil Code § 51 et seq.  The following types of discrimination are prohibited:  (1) refusal to rent, (2) representations that housing accommodations or units are unavailable, (3) offering inferior rental terms, (4) removing privileges, facilities, or services, (5) harassment, and (6) evicting or threatening to evict.   Gov’t Code § 12927(c)(1).  Protected classes include race, color, religion, […]

Sexual Harassment

Landlord Sexual Harassment Under California law, a tenant can recover against a landlord for sexual harassment under the Fair Employment and Housing Act or the Unruh Civil Rights Act.  Brown v. Smith, 55 Cal. App. 4th 767 (1997) and Civil Code § 51 et seq. Unruh Civil Rights Act To prove a claim for sexual harassment under the Unruh Civil Rights Act, a tenant must show that (1) the landlord made “sexual advances, solicitations, sexual requests, demands for sexual compliance […]

Tenants with Disabilities

Understanding Your Rights as a Tenant with a Disability Covered Disabilities As an individual with a disability you 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 anything that limits a major life activity.

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