California is a diverse and multicultural state. Unfortunately, landlords and property managers are not always examples of unparalleled equality. The most vulnerable, including minorities who need low-income housing, are habitually victimized. Signs of discrimination include prospective landlords asking for additional background checks, denying a prospective tenant a rental unit that is available, adding restrictive standards, refusing to provide handicap parking, enforcing a “no pets” policy for service animals, or recommending a different apartment that “might fit you better.” California discrimination laws declare that these actions from landlords are unlawful. However, prospective renters often experience rights violations without even knowing it.
The attorneys at Castelblanco Law Group, A Prof. Law Corp. have seen and challenged landlords who take advantage of low-income and minority families. A housing discrimination lawyer from our law firm can help you stand up for your right to peace of mind and equal treatment when looking for a home. Since 1995, our law firm has been representing hard-working people, helping them defend themselves against housing rights violations. If you or someone you know has experienced housing discrimination, then we may be able to help you to file a claim against the landlord responsible for this treatment. While this will not change the poor treatment you or a loved one experienced, it will set a precedent for everyone following in your footsteps. Additionally, you may be able to recover compensation.
The Fair Housing Act is a federal law that exists to shield current and prospective tenants from housing discrimination. These laws defend a prospective occupant’s right to obtain fair access to housing. California has its own list of protected classes in addition to the Fair Housing Act, which come from the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. These two acts make it unlawful to discriminate in the sale, rental or financing of housing based on any of these protected classes. Some of these classes include:
Additionally, it is also illegal to arbitrarily discriminate against a person for any reason. During an initial consultation, the lawyers at Castelblanco Law Group, A Prof. Law Corp. can help you determine if any prospective landlord has discriminated against your rights.
As a tenant, you may have multiple options to resolve discrimination complaints, including civil suits. These may include directly negotiating a settlement with a landlord and filing an official complaint with the Department of Fair Employment & Housing. These actions can result in compensation to cover your out-of-pocket costs, attorney’s fees, and damages for emotional distress. Additionally, you may get access to housing that has been denied. There are a few key things to consider if you believe that you have grounds for a claim:
If you or someone you know has been a victim of housing discrimination, then you have the right to hold the landlord accountable. Knowing that our attorneys are ready to defend your rights can bring you the peace of mind you need. Castelblanco Law Group, A Prof. Law Corp. has won multi-million dollar lawsuits in the state of California for over twenty years, and our experienced team can help protect your rights as a tenant.
Have you been turned away from an apartment or home for being “too low-income”? Do you feel that you have been a victim of discrimination on the basis of race, color or any other arbitrary discrimination? You have the right to fair treatment when you are looking for a place to live, whether you qualify for low-income housing or not.
We are serious when we say we fight to protect tenant rights, because that is all we do. Our firm exclusively practices housing discrimination law and represents only tenants, never landlords. Our entire staff works to protect against discrimination, especially on behalf of those in low-income housing. Call Castelblanco Law Group, A Prof. Law Corp. at (213) 893-881 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.