California Housing Discrimination Lawyer
Securing safe, comfortable, and accommodating housing is a basic human right, and if you have been denied this right by another party, you may have legal recourse. State and federal laws prohibit discrimination in the sale and lease of a home. If you have been the victim of housing discrimination, contact the California housing discrimination lawyers of Scott • Wagner and Associates today to discuss your legal options today.
The Fair Housing Act and What it Prohibits
The Fair Housing Act is a federal law that prohibits people from using discriminatory practices when it comes to buying, renting, or financing a home. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a person’s color, race, national origin, sex, religion, familial status, or handicap cannot be used to:
- Deny renting or selling a home;
- Refuse access to any dwelling;
- Make separate terms or conditions for selling or renting a dwelling;
- Refuse to make housing unavailable;
- Deny negotiations for housing;
- Provide different services or facilities;
- Give false information about the availability of a sale or home rental;
- Blockbusting for profit, to persuade an owner to sell or rent; or
- Deny access to or membership in a “facility or service related to the sale or rental of housing.”
Additionally, it is illegal to deny a loan, make different conditions, refuse to provide information, or discriminate on property appraisal, based on any of the above mentioned unlawful criteria, such as race, religion, or color. It is unlawful for a landlord to deny a person with a disability to make reasonable accommodations to their home to help with their disability, at their own expense. For example, it would be unlawful for a landlord to deny a person that relies on a wheelchair to build a ramp to the front door. It is also unlawful for a landlord to deny a person with a disability reasonable accommodations in terms of policies, rules, and regulations.
There are Very Few Exceptions to the Rule
If a landlord, seller, or financial institution makes a decision based on unlawful criteria, you may have the right to take legal action. There are few exceptions to the rules of the Fair Housing Act listed above. However, certain housing communities that have been legally designated as senior communities do have the legal right to deny those under the age of 55 years old. If you suspect that this is not the case, and that the housing community has no such legally binding designation, you may have the ability to file a complaint to seek legal retribution.
Call an Experienced California Housing Discrimination Attorney Today
If you believe that you have been discriminated against in a housing-related matter, contact the experiencedCalifornia housing discrimination lawyers of Scott • Wagner and Associates today. We are available to help you immediately.