A property owner/manager or agent is prohibited from discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex-(included sexual harassment), sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, medical condition, familial status or source of income in the sale or renting of housing.

This includes arbitrary discrimination (e.g., welfare, long hair, etc.). A landlord cannot refuse to rent to tenants just because the household includes one or more children.

Both federal and state law prohibit “ADULT ONLY HOUSING”, but apartment complexes or mobile home parks that meet the legally designated standards for senior housing may exclude families with children.

A landlord or manager is also prohibited from making any inquiry regarding the immigration or citizenship status of any tenant or prospective tenant.

During tenancy a landlord is prohibited from treating one class of residents differently than another, for example responding more slowly, or performing work haphazardly for minorities, families, or any sub-group resident.

Rules should be the same for everyone and not overly restrictive, in particular a property owner/manager/agent cannot place limitations in regard to terms, conditions, privileges, services, or facilities based on the residents ages.

If you fee you have been discriminated against you may file a complaint with the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing or the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, (HUD). PPSC has the necessary forms to assist you in this course of action.