The State of California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and Housing and Urban Development takes complaints on discrimination in rental housing. Contact me to represent you as these organizations have the power to order hefty damages against you.
The State of California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) takes complaints on discrimination in rental housing. It has the power to order hefty damages for a tenant who has been discriminated against.
If a tenant files a complaint against you an investigator will first attempt to resolve the complaint. If this fails, the department may conduct hearings and may take the matter to state court.
The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children.
HUD will investigate a tenant's complaint against you and will try to reach an agreement with you and the tenant. If HUD finds reasonable cause to believe that discrimination occurred, the case will be heard in an administrative hearing , unless you or the the want the case to be heard in Federal district. If the matter is heard in Federal Court the Attorney general can file suit and litigate on the tenant's behalf.
If DFEH and/or HUD find that discrimination has taken place they have broad power levy damages against you or order you to take action including renting a unit to the tenant. The tenant will be represented by the government with no charge to them. You will be at a disadvantage unless you hire experienced counsel. Contact me to discuss your case.