Ensuring Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Providing free legal services to individuals with disabilities throughout California who have been subjected to housing discrimination.
The CDA understands the difficulties that persons with disabilities experience in locating accessible housing in California. One of our key goals is to ensure that persons with disabilities in California have equal access to housing opportunities in order to better their quality of life.
Our team is committed to fighting for your rights and ensuring that you have equal access to all areas of life. Whether you’re facing discrimination from a private landlord or dealing with complex accessibility issues, we will work tirelessly to protect your rights and interests.
Housing Accessibility Lawyers in California
Are you struggling to find accessible housing, or are landlords or housing associations treating you unfairly?
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), the Unruh Civil Rights Act, and the Disabled Persons Act are state laws that protect people from discrimination based on disability. The laws also require housing providers and business establishments to make reasonable accommodations so that people with disabilities can have equal housing opportunities, and, have equal access to businesses and services.
In California disabilities are broadly defined as conditions that limit a major life activity, including physical and mental disabilities, as well as medical conditions such as cancer or HIV/AIDS. California definitions and protections can be broader than protections under federal law.
California Housing Laws
The FEHA protects against discrimination based on disability by private employers, state and local public agencies, employment agencies, and labor organizations.
The Unruh Civil Rights Act (California Civil Code Section 51) provides protection from discrimination by all business establishments in California, including housing and public accommodations, because of age, ancestry, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation. Other State laws relating to prohibitions of discrimination based on disability include
Individuals with disabilities or medical conditions have the same right as the general public to the full and free use of the streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, public buildings, medical facilities, including hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ offices, public facilities, and other public places.
For purposes of this section:
(1) “Disability” means any mental or physical disability as defined in Section 12926 of the Government Code.
(2) “Medical condition” has the same meaning as defined in subdivision (h) of Section 12926 of the Government Code.
A violation of the right of an individual under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336) also constitutes a violation of this section.
People with disabilities are also protected when they seek housing. State law prohibits discrimination by sellers, landlords, and those who provide housing-related services. Housing policies, practices, terms and conditions must allow people with disabilities equal access to apartments, houses, condos and other dwellings.
Where necessary, reasonable accommodations in housing rules, policies, practices, or services are required to allow people with disabilities equal opportunity to use and enjoy dwellings. People with disabilities must be allowed, at their own expense, to make reasonable modifications to their dwelling to allow them equal access and enjoyment.
If you feel that you have been discriminated against due to a disability or medical condition, it is important to reach out for legal advice as soon as possible. We have a team of experienced discrimination attorneys in California who can help you file a claim and advocate for your rights.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you navigate the legal system and pursue justice.