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What is Fair Housing?

Harland Property Management in San DiegoIf you are a landlord in San Diego, you have many responsibilities from property maintenance and rent collection to tenant screening and filing paperwork. Furthermore, you must be sure that you fulfill your role in accordance with state mandated laws. At Harland Property Management in San Diego, we want to be a resource for our clients and offer information about fair housing, in relation to the state of California.

So what is fair housing? Both the federal Fair Housing Act and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibit housing discrimination based on a person’s color, race, national origin, religion, gender, disability or familial status. These laws provide that all persons interested in buying, selling or leasing a property in California must be treated the same and given the same opportunities.

Unless specifically exempt, the fair housing laws apply to both public and private residential and commercial management in San Diego and prohibit a wide range of discriminatory practices. The fair housing laws prohibit the following acts if there is a discriminatory purpose or effect:

  • Refusal to sell or lease a property.
  • Refusal to negotiate or show a property for inspection.
  • Offering terms and conditions that are substantially different from those offered to the general population.
  • Steering or blockbusting.
  • Offering different services or facilities.
  • Making or publishing a statement that indicates or reveals a discriminatory intent.

The fair housing laws also require property owners to make reasonable accommodations to individuals who are disabled, as that term is defined by the fair housing laws. As a general rule, individuals will be considered disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Individuals that feel they have been subjected to discriminatory housing treatment have one year to file a complaint with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD pursues the action on behalf of the complaining party and has the authority to award damages, levy a civil fine and order injunctive relief to compensate for any discrimination.

Have other questions about fair housing? Need help with residential management in San Diego? Contact Harland Property Management today and speak to one of our experienced and knowledgeable property managers.