Fair Housing Act

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Fair Housing

The Fair Housing Act of 1988 was adopted to safeguard against illegal housing discrimination. The Law protects a person's right to own, sell, purchase, or rent housing of his or her choice without fear of unlawful discrimination.

The City of San Luis Obispo does business in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Law.

*Fair housing is the umbrella term for laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in the rental or sale of housing or in the provision of housing-related services.

*The goal of fair housing laws is to create housing markets that are free of discrimination.

*Fair housing laws ensure that you will not be prevented from choosing where you want to live because of illegal discrimination.

*Fair Housing laws protect you in many aspects of securing housing including advertising, mortgage lending, home insurance, rental applications and most interactions between landlords or property managers and tenants.

*Fair housing laws ensure that people with similar incomes in the same housing market have a similar range of choices available to them regardless of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, disability, marital status, familial status, source of income, sexual orientation, age or any other arbitrary factor.

Anyone who feels he or she has been discriminated against may file a compliant of housing discrimination:

1-800-669-9777 (Toll Free)
1-800-927-9275 (TTY)

U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Washington, D.C. 20410

Additional Fair Housing Information and Resources

California Rural Legal Assistance

CRLA is a private, non-profit law firm founded in 1966. CRLA provides representation and legal advice to persons whose income is below certain limits. Please contact CRLA's office for additional information, provided below.

1011 Pacific Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 544-7997

Monday - Tuesday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday - Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (Housing Discrimination Information)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (Fair Housing Equal Opportunity for All)

County of San Luis Obispo Fair Housing Plan (2010 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice)