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If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.
Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.
What should a tenant do if his or her apartment needs repairs? Can a landlord force a tenant to move? How many days notice does a tenant have to give a landlord before the tenant moves? Can a landlord raise a tenant’s rent? California Tenants—A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities answers these questions and many others.
This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.
Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.
Where are they allowed and under what conditions?
The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.
What is discrimination in housing? What legal remedies are available?
The administrative process for handling an employment discrimination complaint. Based on a fact pattern fictionalized from an actual case of perceived disability discrimination, the seven-part series features: 1) initial contact; 2) intake interview; 3) investigation; 4) conciliation or mediation; 5) accusation; 6) hearing; and 7) conclusion or decision.
If your complaint involves a possible violation of the Fair Housing Act, a specialist will assist you in filing an official housing discrimination complaint.
If you suspect that your application was illegally denied.
The Fair Housing Act has been updated a few times since it was passed in 1968 to protect more people from discrimination.
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Laws and regulations, practical information, recent case law.
Information about why Fair Chance Housing is important, a step-by-step guide for applying to housing with a record, an explanation of different types of housing, your rights applying to housing with a record, information on background checks, and your right to challenge a housing denial.
Created by R&R’s legal team in partnership with housing law experts, advocates and activists from around the country. We hope the tools here will EMPOWER impacted individuals, their families, and advocates to better understand housing rights and potential barriers so that impacted people can overcome these and be equipped to identify and challenge unlawful and unfair housing practices.
Check out these frequently asked questions to find the answer to your situation.
Federal laws prohibit discrimination based on a person's national origin, race, color, religion, disability, sex, and familial status. Laws prohibiting national origin discrimination make it illegal to discriminate because of a person's birthplace, ancestry, culture or language. Find out more at US Department of Justice's website.
In order for people with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy their housing, it is sometimes necessary for housing providers to make "reasonable accommodations" or allow "reasonable modifications."
Federal and state laws offer protection from discrimination that is based on many categories: race/color, national origin (ethnicity), religion, sexdisability, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity & expression, marital status, source of income, age, and arbitrary characteristics.
The State of California has extended housing discrimination laws to cover other protected groups.