Fair Housing: Know Your Rights

equal housing opportunityThe Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits harassment and discrimination in housing based on your race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin/ancestry, familial status (households with children under age 18), source of income, disability, age and/or retaliation for protesting illegal discrimination.

FEHA prohibits discrimination and harassment in all aspects of housing, including: the refusal to rent or sell housing, making housing unavailable, setting different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling, providing different housing services or facilities, or offering different mortgage loan and insurance rates.

If a tenant has either a physical or mental disability that substantially limits one or more of their major life activities, a landlord must allow either a reasonable modification or reasonable accommodation to their rules or policies.

For reasonable modifications, a landlord must allow a tenant to make physical changes to the apartment (such as installing a grab bar in the bathroom) if such an accommodation is necessary for the tenant to fully use their housing. However, such physical changes must be made at the Tenant’s expense. Landlords must also allow reasonable accommodations to their rules or policies (such as allowing a guide dog into an apartment that has a “no pet” policy) when the accommodation is reasonable and necessary for a Tenant with a disability to fully use and enjoy their housing.

If you believe that your Fair Housing rights have been violated, please contact the Asian Law Alliance at: 408-287-9710.

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