Housing Discrimination (Fair Housing)

The following Categories are protected:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Sex
  • Religion/Creed
  • Physical/Mental disability
  • Retaliation
  • Familial status (children under age 18)

Hopes, Dreams and Fair Housing Poster(en Español)
Tenant’s Rights and Responsibilities Handbook
Advisory: SB 1070 and Fair Housing Laws

Examples of housing allegations:

  • Refusing to show, rent or sell
  • Refusing to negotiate
  • Charging more to buy, rent or asking for a larger security deposit
  • Advising that the property is no longer for sale or rent when it really is
  • Advertising that they want a certain type of person to buy or rent
  • Denying access or use of the facility or service that is normally available with occupancy
  • Telling owners or renters to move because the neighborhood is being integrated
  • Suggesting you move to an area where you don’t want to live
  • Allowing unlawful bias to affect the appraisal of a property
  • Refusing to allow disability accommodations for an assistive aide, assistive animal, parking or physical modifications

Time Limits to File with the Civil Rights Division

If a person thinks they have been discriminated against with respect to housing, they must file their complaint with the Civil Rights Division within 12 months. The length of time available to file a complaint with the Attorney General's Office varies depending on the area of discrimination. Be sure to find out which time period is applicable to your particular circumstance.
File a Civil Rights Complaint