Legal Aid Society of San Diego and North County
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. As a recipient of federal funds to administer housing and community development programs, the City of San Marcos must affirmatively further fair housing.
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.
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.
The California Department of Consumer Affairs has published a practical resource handbook for both tenants and landlords titled, "California Tenants - A Guide to Tenants and Landlords Rights and Responsibilities." Select link to view.
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
|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||(760) 722-1935|
ANALYSIS OF IMPEDIMENTS TO FAIR HOUSING CHOICE
The City is required to complete an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) every five years as a recipient of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The AI is a review of impediments or barriers that affect the rights of fair housing choice. The report provides a demographic profile of the County, assesses housing needs of specific income groups, and evaluates housing opportunities available for residents. While this report assesses the nature and extent of housing discrimination, it also focuses on developing solutions to mitigate or remove such impediments.
The City of San Marcos, is one of thirteen jurisdictional members of the San Diego Regional Alliance for Fair Housing (SDRAFFH) that participates in the completion of a regional AI in addition to promoting fair housing choice in the region. The group completed the FY 2015-20 Analysis of Impediments in May 2015. Select link to view: San Diego County - Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice 2015-20 or the document can be viewed at the City Clerk's Office during business hours.
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.