Our California law firm specializes in Housing, Condominium, and Apartment Discrimination in the greater San Diego area, including El Cajon, Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, Chula Vista, Vista, Temecula, and the surrounding areas. We focus especially on discrimination against families with children.
Your children have a legal right to play and make noise outside your home and in common areas in your complex. Your landlord does not have the right to stop you, even if you signed a lease saying otherwise.
We can assist you immediately, without repercussions or fear of being evicted by your landlord should you decide to hire us. You don’t have to live in fear.
There is no charge to work with our law firm. We only get paid when you get paid and if there is no recovery on your case, you will owe us nothing.
Take a look through our past client testimonials here to read stories of families who were discriminated against in their apartment complexes. All are in agreement that contacting us was the best decision they could have made.
San Diego Housing and Condominium Discrimination law FAQ’S
Can I Be Evicted For Letting My Children Play Outside?
No. It is 100% illegal for a landlord to refuse to let children play outside. Likewise, it is illegal for a landlord to evict someone who has let their children play outside. Federal and state fair housing laws guarantee families the right to let their children play outside in common areas. This is true even if other tenants don’t like the noise. Children are allowed to laugh, play, make noise, and run when playing outside. A landlord cannot stop this, even if other tenants claim that it interferes with their daytime sleep, or that elderly tenants don’t like children running around making noise. You are free to allow your children to play outside and you cannot be evicted for having done so. Don’t live in fear. The law is on your side.
Can My Landlord Require Me To Supervise My Children When They Are Outside?
No. The law doesn’t allow a landlord to require children to be supervised when outside unless there is a compelling reason to justify such. A “compelling reason” is not something trivial such as the landlord’s desire for peace and quiet, or that he does not want children running around unattended. Rather, a compelling reason is
If I Sue For Discrimination, Can My Landlord Evict Me?
No. It is against federal law for a landlord to evict someone who has filed a lawsuit for discrimination. The courts will not allow a landlord to evict someone in retaliation for them having filed a discrimination lawsuit. This is true even if you were to lose your lawsuit. Courts want people to sue for discrimination without having to worry about what will happen if they lose the case.
By the same token, you cannot be evicted for simply complaining to your landlord about illegal rules. If a landlord threatens to evict you for complaining about rules, then such a threat is illegal. You have legal rights. You do not have to live under these types of conditions. You can do something about it. If your landlord has threatened to evict you for complaining about apartment rules, then you need to contact us to assist you. Don’t be paralyzed with fear. Nothing will happen to you if you act. The law is there to protect you, not hurt you.
Can An Apartment Refuse To Allow Children To Play Outside?
A landlord cannot require children to remain indoors. If a landlord requires a tenant to keep their children locked up indoors at all times, then this is illegal. A landlord may not penalize families who allow their children to play outdoors at the apartment complex. It is illegal for a landlord to claim that the peace and quiet of the tenants requires that children not play outside. Simply put, children are allowed to play outside and they may make reasonable noise while doing so. If a family is punished for their children acting like normal children (e.g. the kids aren’t lighting fire crackers or playing drums in the open courtyard), then this is illegal discrimination. One particular court ruled that a written apartment rule which stated “Children will not be allowed to play or run around inside the building area at any time because of disturbance to other tenants or damage to building property” violated fair housing laws.
In short, Federal and state fair housing laws guarantee families the right to let their children play outside in common areas. Children are allowed to laugh, play, make noise, and run when playing outside. A landlord cannot stop this, even if other tenants claim that it interferes with their daytime sleep, or that elderly tenants don’t like children running around making noise. You are free to allow your children to play outside and you cannot be evicted for having done so. Don’t live in fear. The law is on your side.