We work to stop housing discrimination, ensuring equal housing opportunities for all people in the City and County of San Diego; through outreach, education, and enforcement of Federal and State Fair Housing Laws.
It is illegal for a landlord, managing agent, real estate broker, or salesperson to discriminate against any person because of their: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related thereto, as well as gender and perception of gender), sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, source of income, disability, medical condition, or age.
If you feel like you have been discriminated against based on one or more of the protected characteristics, contact us to learn about your rights.
Housing Discrimination can occur in any of the following ways:
Refusing to sell, rent, or lease.
Refusing to negotiate for a sale, rental, or lease.
Representing that housing is not available for inspection, sale, or rental when it is, in fact, available.
Otherwise denying or withholding housing accommodations.
Providing inferior housing terms, conditions, benefits, facilities, or services.
Harassing a person in connection with housing accommodations.
Canceling or terminating a sale or rental agreement.
Providing segregated or separated housing accommodations.
Refusing to permit a person with a disability, at the person with a disability's own expense, to make reasonable modifications to a rental unit that are necessary to allow the person with a disability "full enjoyment of the premises." As a condition of making the modifications, the landlord may require the person with a disability to enter into an agreement to restore the interior of the rental unit to its previous condition at the end of the tenancy (excluding reasonable wear and tear).
Refusing to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices, or services when necessary to allow a person with a disability "equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling" (for example, refusing to allow a person with a disability to have a needed companion or service dog).
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HUD/DOJ Joint Statementon Reasonable Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities
HUD Guidance on Assistance Animals explains certain obligations of housing providers under the Fair Housing Act (FHAct), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with respect to animals that provide assistance to individuals with disabilities.
Information on Fair Housing Disparate Impact Claims Based on the Use of Criminal and Eviction Records in Tenant Screening Policies
Information regarding the Mental Health Services Act in San Diego County
Discrimination Based on a Tenant’s Source of Income in the City of San Diego is now Illegal.
On July 31, 2018, the San Diego City Council voted to make illegal discrimination in rental housing on the basis of a tenant’s source of income. Click here to view the Source of Income Ordinance. rtf version
Source of income is defined to include rental assistance from any federal, state, local, or nonprofit-administered benefit or subsidy program, or any financial aid from any rental assistance program, homeless assistance program, security deposit assistance program, or housing subsidy program.