RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
State and Federal Fair Housing laws prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, family status, disability, source of income, or any arbitrary status.
If a housing provider refuses to rent or sell a home, offers unequal terms, quotes different prices, or applies different policies based on the protected classes, he or she is violating federal law. Additionally, state law prohibits unequal treatment based on marital status, ancestry, age, or any other arbitrary class discrimination.
A landlord may take into consideration income, credit rating or any other pertinent information that directly relates to a prospective tenant’s ability and willingness to pay rent. However, prospective tenants have the right to request and receive a reason why when they are denied housing and may file a private civil lawsuit anytime within two years of an alleged discrimination incident. Complaints may be filed with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing at (800) 884-1684 and with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at 800.347.3739 or online.
The City of Vista contracts with Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc., a non-profit organization, to counsel property owners, managers, tenants, and homebuyers on fair housing related issues. The organization can also advise you of landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities, including repair issues and to mediate with your landlord on your behalf. If you think you are a victim of a housing-related discrimination incident or would like more information about fair housing, please call Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. at 844.449.3500 and mention that you are a resident of the City of Vista. You can also visit them online here. Legal Aid Society of San Diego’s fair housing brochure can be found here.
In addition, you may contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at 800.347.3739 or online here.
FAIR HOUSING RESOURCES
- California Landlord Tenant Rights by Dept. of Consumer Affairs
- Legal Aid Society of San Diego
- San Diego Regional Alliance For Fair Housing
- San Diego Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
- Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) 800.884.1684
- US. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity Office 800.669.9777
- Tenants Legal Center of San Diego 858.571.7100