Housing Discrimination Complaint Investigation
HRC investigates allegations of housing discrimination under the fair housing laws. The Investigations Department conducts fact finding investigations and proposes potential solutions for victims of housing discrimination. Case resolution can include mediation, conciliation, a referral to state and federal administrative agencies, or referral to HRC’s Litigation Department.
The federal and state fair housing laws prohibit discrimination based on the following personal characteristics:
- National Origin
- Familial Status (families with children under 18)
- Physical and/or Mental Disability
- Sexual Orientation
- Marital Status
- Source of Income
- Or Other Arbitrary Basis
Additionally, the Ralph Act (§51.7 of the California Civil Code) prohibits VIOLENCE or INTIMIDATION by threat of violence based on the personal characteristics listed above.
Common examples of housing discrimination can include:
- Refusing to rent or sell housing to someone because of their race
- Prohibiting children from being outside in common areas
- Refusing to do timely repairs for tenants of a particular nationality
- Utilizing advertisements that express or suggest a preference, such as “ideal for single, working professionals” or “Jewish only”
- Refusing to rent a second-floor unit to a family with children
- Refusing to allow a tenant with disabilities to modify his or her unit or common areas
If you feel you have been a victim of discrimination or would like to obtain additional information about the federal and state fair housing laws, please contact HRC and speak with a trained Housing Counselor. You can reach a Housing Counselor by calling HRC's toll free number at (800) 477-5977 or visiting HRC's Los Angeles or Pasadena office.