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Berkeley Housing Authority
Berkeley Housing Authority

As of January 2020, the State of California amended the Fair Employment and Housing Act to include “source of income” as a form of discrimination, which means landlords cannot reject a participant solely because they are using tenant-based rental assistance. Here is some information for  both landlords and voucher participants: 

How to Identify Income Discrimination: Since this is a new law, tenants and landlords may be unfamiliar with it with what is types of activities are now considered now illegal. The following scenarios are common examples of Section 8 discrimination: 

  • Rental advertisements containing phrases such as “No Section 8”
  • Requiring minimum income levels
  • Denying rental incentives or repairs

What to Do When Discrimination Occurs: This is a state law and therefore, HUD is not able to take enforcement actions against non-compliant landlords. However, complaints can be made to the State of California by calling 1-800-884-1684.  



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