Housing Discrimination based on Familial Status

Freiman Legal can help California residents fight their Housing Discrimination based on Familial Status.

Most landlords do not know their responsibilities when it comes to renting to families with children or are not aware that families with kids are protected under federal housing discrimination laws. 

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) protects residents against discrimination based on seven classes which are then protected by the law, including “familial status.” This signifies that if you prohibit the prospective tenants from renting just because they have kids or you treat them differently because they have them, then this law might be violated.

Below shows exactly who the FHA's familial status discrimination ban protects and how it applies to you as a resident:

  1. The FHA protects families with children. This is the case even if the kids are not living with their biological parents. Children may live with anyone, including: a biological parent, stepparent, foster parent, grandparent, or any other adult who has legal custody of them. Furthermore, if a child is living with someone who a parent or legal custodian has designated to them in writing, then such a household is also protected against familial status discrimination.
  2. The marital status of adult tenant: Regarding Familial status protection under the FHA, it really makes no difference if the adult members of the family are married, divorced, single, widowed, or separated. For example, a single mother with two children is protected just as much as a married couple with four kids.
  3. Children must be under 18 years old. For familial status protection to take into effect, the law requires that there be at least one person in the home under the age of 18. For example, a husband and wife looking to rent an apartment with their 18-year-old daughter is not protected, even if the daughter is still a high school student. Also, a couple who begins to rent an apartment with a child when she’s 17 years of age will lose familial status protection on the her 18th birthday.
  4. Children do not have to be part of a household yet. Even tenants are protected against familial status discrimination if they’re expecting their kid to be a part of their household. Thus, landlords cannot discriminate against residents just because they are pregnant or even in the process of adopting a child.

If you are a California resident living in Newhall, Camarillo, Ventura County, Baker, San Diego or Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, Freiman Legal can help with your Housing Discrimination based on Familial Status