a consumer is getting discriminated on his rental application

Discrimination and Retaliation

A landlord cannot discriminate against you when you apply. You cannot be evicted for complaining to a government agency or participating in a tenant’s organization.

Discrimination and Retaliation


A landlord cannot discriminate against you based on:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Sexual Identity
  • National Origin
  • Marital Status
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Children
  • Immigration Status

Complaints of discrimination are handled by the State of California, Department of Fair Employment and Housing www.dfeh.ca.gov. Their telephone number is (800) 233-3212. Contact them if you feel you have been discriminated against.

When a landlord can refuse to rent

Landlords do not have to rent to tenants with bad credit, or who have used previous rentals for illegal purposes.

If a landlord refuses to rent to you because of your credit history, ask for a copy of the credit report. You are entitled to one.

Retaliation is not allowed

A landlord cannot raise your rent, evict you, or decrease services if you complain to a government agency about the landlord or take part in a tenants organization. This protection is good for 180 days from the date you file a complaint.

County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs. Last change: Dec. 1, 2013

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