Community Preservation and Fair Housing

Community Preservation - Administrative Citations Chapter of the Municipal Code

Historical Document: 1996 Senior Needs Survey

Fair Housing

Fair Housing means you have the right to live where you choose without fear of discrimination based on your personal characteristics.

The fair housing laws cover most types of dwellings, including apartments, houses, duplexes, condominiums, mobile home parks, residential motels and emergency shelters.

The Federal and State fair housing laws prohibit discrimination based on the following protected characteristics:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • National Origin
  • Familial Status (*Families with children under 18 yrs. old)
  • Physical and/or Mental Disability
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Marital Status
  • Ancestry
  • Age
  • Source of Income
  • Or Other Arbitrary Basis

Additionally, the Ralph Act (§51.7 of the California Civil Code) prohibits violence or intimidation by threat of violence based on the personal characteristics listed above. 

 Common examples of housing discrimination can include:

  • Refusing to rent or sell housing to someone because of their race
  • Prohibiting children from being outside in common areas
  • Refusing to do timely repairs for tenants of a particular nationality
  • Utilizing advertisements that express or suggest a preference, such as “ideal for single, working professionals” or “Jewish only”
  • Refusing to rent a second-floor unit to a family with children
  • Refusing to allow a tenant with disabilities to modify his or her unit or common areas 
  • Harassing a tenant on the basis of his or her sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression

If you feel you have been a victim of housing discrimination or would like to obtain additional information about the federal and state fair housing laws, please contact the Housing Rights Center (HRC).

HRC is contracted with the County of Los Angeles to provide residents with free services including (1) landlord-tenant counseling, (2) outreach and education, (3) litigation and advocacy and (4) discrimination complaint investigation.

Toll Free (800) 477 – 5977
TTY-Hearing Impaired- (213) 201-0867

3255 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 1150
Los Angeles, CA 90010

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