Is Your Mobile Home Park Violating the Fair Housing Act?

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In California, the Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of housing based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In addition to this, the Act also prohibits discrimination based on a person’s disabilities or familial status. According to the law, full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services are required in all mobile home park establishments.

Potential Fair Housing Act violations include:

  • Refusing to sell or rent a property to a potential buyer or tenant because of a person's protected class status.
  • Using different provisions in leases or sale contracts, because of a person's protected class status. This includes rental charges, security deposits, lease terms, down-payment, and closing requirements.
  • Suggesting residents sell or rent their properties because a protected class can have a negative impact on property values. This is referred to as “blockbusting.”
  • Providing false information on the availability of a property
  • Refusing to provide information about the availability of loans or other financial assistance because of a person is part of a protected class.
  • Prohibiting children from certain recreational activities.
  • Asking a prospective tenant if they are pregnant, or inquiring about the amount of children they have.
  • Failing to document what rent specials were offered to all prospective residents.
  • Denying a disabled resident’s request for an assigned parking spot because existing handicap spots should suffice.
  • Refusing to allow a resident to have a service animal for their disability or medical condition.

If you have experienced any of the above Fair Housing Act violations, you may be entitled to compensation for your financial losses or pain and suffering. At Semelsberger Kaelin, LLP, we have been helping mobile home park residents seek justice since 1987. Let us put our knowledge and experience to work for you today.

Contact our San Diego mobile home park attorneys to get started on your consultation today.

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