California Bill would Prevent Landlords from Asking about Immigration Status
There is a bill going through the California Assembly that would essentially prevent landlords from asking a tenant or a potential tenant about his or her immigration status. Assembly Bill 291 (AB 291) is being sponsored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco). The bill would also ban landlords from threatening to report a tenant to immigration officials. Supporters of the bill are arguing that landlords are using these type of threats against immigrant tenants to get them to leave their rent controlled apartments so that the landlords can raise the rent prices.
The bill even has the support of the California Apartment Association, which maintains that there are only a small amount of landlords that make deportation threats. Debra Carlton, senior vice president of public affairs for the California Apartment Association, stated:
These would be unscrupulous landlords that don’t subscribe to any kind of good landlord policies, so they operate on the fringes.
We will have to see what materializes from this bill and what changes, if any, are made to it.
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