Fair Housing Overview

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It is the Department of Community Development's mission to promote nondiscrimination and ensure fair and equal housing opportunities for all; and to provide services and activities in a nondiscriminatory manner to affirmatively further fair housing.

Every person has the right to fair housing. This means that people have the right to own or rent a home without fear of discrimination. This is a fundamental right protected by state and federal fair housing laws.

Fair Housing Laws prohibit discrimination based on:

  • Race or Color
  • National Original or Ancestry
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Marital Status
  • Age / Familial Status (having children or being pregnant)
  • Mental or Physical Disability
  • Source of Income
What actions are prohibited?

It is illegal for a landlord, seller, or lender to:
  • Refuse to rent housing.
  • Discourage a person from looking at an apartment.
  • Steer a person to a different apartment or home for sale.
  • Set different terms, conditions, or privileges, relating to the rental or purchase of a dwelling.
  • Tell a person that housing is not available for inspection, rental, or sale when the dwelling is available.
  • Refuse "reasonable accommodations" for a person with a disability.
  • Discriminate in the advertising of a house or apartment.
  • Treat people differently based on the source of their income.
  • Deny a loan or mortgage based on illegal discrimination.
  • Discriminate in the advertising of a house or apartment (I.E. "No Children" or "Adults Only")
  • Establish quotas based on ethnicity, gender, etc.
  • Rent or sell to only selected ethnic group(s).


Community Development
141 N. Glendale Ave., Suite 202
Glendale, CA 91202
Housing Division – (818) 548-3936