Fair Housing

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Federal, State and Local laws prohibit housing discrimination based on the categories listed below.  The laws cover housing for rent or sale, advertising, lending, insurance, steering, redlining and hate crimes.  Remedies for illegal discrimination include injunctive relief, monetary damages and penalties.  In California, virtually every unit of housing for rent or sale is covered under the fair housing laws.

  • Race
  • Color
  • Sex
  • Religion
  • National Origin
  • Ancestry
  • Mental Disability
  • Physical Disability (HIV & AIDS included)
  • Familial Status (Children)
  • Marital Status
  • Age
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Source of Income
  • Student Status
  • Arbitrary Reasons

The Los Angeles Housing Department administers a contract with the Southern California Housing Rights Center (www.hrc-la.org).  The Center, together with their subcontractors, Fair Housing Council of San Fernando Valley and Fair Housing Foundation, provide the following services:

  • Investigations of housing discrimination complaints concerning housing for rent or sale, advertising, lending, insurance, steering, blockbusting and hate crimes.
  • Remedies for valid complaints, including conciliations, legal action and administrative referrrals to state and federal fair housing agencies.
  • Multilingual counseling on fair housing and predatory lending issues.
  • Multilingual property owner, manager and realtor training sessions.
  • Educational seminars, workshops and presentations on fair housing.

Report suspected discrimination immediately!

Keep a record of any meetings and phone calls with the landlord, property manager, real estate agent, loan officer, or insurance agent.  Include the person's name, title (if you know it), the meeting place, date and time.

Make notes on what happened and what was said.  Save all receipts, applications, business cards, or other documents received during your meeting(s), and any advertisements.

The Housing Rights Center conducts free landlord / tenant counseling in Lancaster.  Meetings are conducted the 3rd Thursday of every month, from 9:00am to 12:00pm, at Lancaster City Hall.

Fair Housing Information Brochures:

For Tenants:


Additional Information:

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact the City Clerk Department at (661) 723-6020.  TDD users may call the California TDD Relay Service at 1-800-735-2922.  Services such as American Sign Language interpreters, a reader during a meeting, auxiliary aids, large print copies of an agenda and/or translation assistance for non-English speakers are available upon reasonable and timely request.

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