It’s okay for you to not like your landlord and, unfortunately, it’s okay for your landlord to not like you. What isn’t okay is discrimination, when someone harms you because of who you are.
The first thing you should know is that the ONLY LEGAL reasons that a landlord can choose not to rent to you are:
If you have any experience with renting, you know that things are slightly more complicated than this list would make it seem. Often, you never hear back from a potential landlord and you’re forced to move on to the next craigslist ad. When the renting market is as competitive as it is in SLO, most of the time when you aren’t offered an apartment it’s because the landlord found a different candidate who was willing to pay more or had a higher credit score. This makes building a discrimination case based on not being offered an apartment complicated.
Those things are the bad news, the good news is that the list of things that aren’t on that list are all things you’re protected from discrimination against, your:
What discrimination against these groups looks like is going to be different depending on the person who is doing the discrimination, but some common forms of discrimination include:
If you feel like your landlord is discriminating against you, you should take it extremely seriously. The first step is to reach out to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
. The main purpose of the DFEH is to settle discrimination disputes. If you prefer not to use them you can also file a Right-to-Sue notice which will allow you to file a lawsuit against your landlord. The DFEH recommends that you only pursue this course of action if you’re able to contact a qualified attorney. There are local groups that would be likely to be able to help you with this type of lawsuit.