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Legal Aid Society

Equal access to housing is everyone's right and if you believe you have been denied access to housing, the Federal government provides resources to help.  The City of San Marcos has contracted with the Legal Aid Society to provide fair housing services for San Marcos residents at no cost. They help tenants and home buyers identify if they have been discriminated against. They also counsel property owners and managers on fair housing-related issues. If you think you are a victim of housing-related discrimination or would like more information about fair housing, please call the Legal Aid Society at (844) 449-3500.  View linked brochure for for more information.

Rights and Responsibilities

Federal and State Housing Laws prohibit discrimination in the sale or rental of housing based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, disability, sexual preference, source of income, families with children or any arbitrary class status. Property owners, landlords and their agents can all be held legally responsible for discriminatory actions. Tenants or prospective home buyers have the right to be treated equally and fairly.

If a housing provider refuses to rent or sell a home, offers unequal terms, quotes different prices, or applies different policies based on any of the protected classes listed above, they are violating federal and state law.

A landlord may take into consideration income, credit rating or any other pertinent information that directly relates to a prospective tenant’s ability and willingness to pay rent. However, prospective tenants have the right to request and receive a reason when they are denied housing and may file a private civil lawsuit anytime within two years of an alleged discrimination incident.

Complaints may be filed with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing at (800) 884-1684 or by calling the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Housing Discrimination Hotline at (800) 669.9777.

Fair Housing Resources

Contact
 Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) (800) 233-3212 
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Office of HUD  (800) 669-9777 
Tenants Legal Center of San Diego (858) 571-7100 
Legal Aid Society of San Diego and North County  (Low Income Only) (760) 722-1935

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY: The City of San Marcos is committed to providing equal housing opportunity for all people regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, disability, sexual preference, source of income, families with children or any arbitrary class status.