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California Fair Housing Law - Protected Classes Under State Law

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California is one of a majority of states that has its own fair housing law.

If you're renting or looking for an apartment in California, you're covered by the Fair Housing Act (FHA), a federal law, which protects tenants and prospective tenants alike from illegal housing discrimination based on the following protected classes:

In addition to these protected classes, California offers legal protection based on:

  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity
  • gender expression
  • marital status
  • medical condition
  • ancestry
  • soure of income
  • age
  • genetic information
  • arbitrary discrimination.

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