Housing Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

Freiman Legal can help California residents fight their discrimination case based on their sexual orientation.

When lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer couples make way to buy or even rent a home, they may at times, confront various forms of discrimination that most married heterosexual couples do not ever have to face. LGBTQ couples can sometimes face discrimination in access to housing. There are times even when same-sex couples pay more in taxes when they buy or sell a home, or transfer ownership interest, than when married heterosexual couples do. 

California are among the seventeen states that prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The other states are: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. 

Here are two examples housing discrimination based on sexual orientation: 

  • A gay man is evicted because his landlord does not appreciate him bringing home other men. This situation constitutes illegal sexual orientation discrimination under the Fair Housing Act because the man is considered homosexual.
  • A woman is asked by the owner of her apartment building not to show affection with her girlfriend in the common areas. The landlord was asked by other neighbors and is now enforcing the law. This is a violation of the Fair Housing Act’s prohibition of sexual orientation discrimination.

If you are a California resident living in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, San Francisco, San Diego or Glendale and the surrounding areas, Freiman Legal can help with your housing discrimination case based on your sexual orientation.