Equal Housing

Equal Housing

(See also Insurance, Housing and Rebuilding Assistance)

Equal Housing Protection:

Homeowners, homebuyers and tenants have protection from housing discrimination under California Civil Rights laws through the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). DFEH is responsible for enforcing state fair housing laws that make it illegal to discriminate because of the categories listed below under “Who is Protected?” The law applies to landlords, real estate agents, home sellers, builders, mortgage lenders, and others. The law prohibits discrimination in all aspects of the housing business, including: Renting or leasing, sales, mortgage lending and insurance, advertising, and practices such as restrictive covenants, as well as permitting new construction.


Who is Protected? 
California law protects individuals from illegal discrimination by housing providers based on the following: Age; Race, color; Ancestry, national origin, Religion: Disability, mental or physical: Sex, gender; Sexual orientation; Gender identity, gender expression; Genetic information; Marital status; Familial status; Source of income. For additional information, visit the DFEH website at https://www.dfeh.ca.gov/Housing/ .

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