HOUSING DISCRIMINATION IS AGAINST THE LAW

Housing discrimination is illegal under federal and California law. If you have been singled out, threatened, harassed or denied a home because of


race or skin color,

ethnicity,

religion,

gender, sexual orientation or gender expression,

disability, or

having children or being pregnant,

 

you may have a claim to enforce your fair housing rights in court.

If you have experienced housing discrimination, call the Law Office of Todd Espinosa at 650-241-3873 for a free consultation.

Moving boxes

Racial Discrimination

New owners bought the apartment building, then they started evicting the African American families.


Racial discrimination in housing is illegal under federal and California law. If you believe that have been denied a home, harassed or treated differently because of race or skin color, you may be able to bring a lawsuit to enforce your legal rights.

Birth certificate

Ethnicity or National Origin Discrimination

I think the landlord asked to see my birth certificate because I’m Latino.


Housing discrimination against people because of their ethnicity or what country they come from is against California and federal law. If you have been singled out or denied housing because of national origin, you may be able to sue in court to enforce your legal rights. 

Single-family house

Religious Discrimination

We were all set to go into contract, then they decided they didn't want to sell the house to a Muslim family.


Housing discrimination based on religion is illegal under federal and California law. If you think have been kept out of a new home, harassed or forced to leave your home because of religion, you may have a case to protect your rights in court.

 If you have experienced housing discrimination, call the Law Office of Todd Espinosa at 650-241-3873 for a free consultation.

Cyber- harassment

Sex Discrimination

The building manager asks me out every time I go to the laundry room and keeps texting me. I want it to stop.


Sex discrimination in housing — including sexual harassment — is illegal under California and federal law. If you have been harassed or treated differently because of gender, gender expression or sexual orientation, you may be able to bring a lawsuit to protect your legal rights. 

Therapy dog

Disability Discrimination

The HOA wouldn't let me keep the therapy dog that my doctor says I need.


Federal and California law makes it illegal to deny housing to people with disabilities or to restrict their housing choices.


The law also requires reasonable exceptions to rules and policies when a person needs them because of a disability. Refusing to reasonably accommodate disabilities may be against the law. 

Multi-family homes

Discrimination Against Families with Children

The manager said we couldn't rent the apartment because they don't allow children on the second floor.


Housing discrimination against families with children is against federal and California law. If a landlord or apartment manager refuses to rent to you, harasses you or treats your family differently because you have children or are pregnant, you may have a legal claim to protect your rights.

If you have experienced housing discrimination, call the Law Office of Todd Espinosa at 650-241-3873 for a free consultation.

About Todd Espinosa

Background

Originally from San Jose, California, Todd Espinosa is an attorney who has practiced law in the Bay Area since 2000. He represented tenants as a staff attorney with the National Housing Law Project in Oakland. He represented consumers and investors in class action litigation at a private law firm in San Francisco. Todd also served as a deputy attorney general in the Consumer Law Section of the California Department of Justice.


Todd is experienced in fair housing law, consumer protection law and class action litigation. He represents individuals and organizations that have been the victims of housing discrimination.


Todd received his law degree from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from Harvard College. He also holds a master’s degree from the U.C. Berkeley Department of City and Regional Planning.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Sex Harassment & Fair Housing, Fair Housing Council of Central California Annual Conference (2018) 


Fair Housing Litigation, Fair Housing 101 Workshop, Fair Housing: The Way Forward, Project Sentinel 9th Biannual Symposium (2017)


Limiting Evasive Discovery: A Proposal for Three Cost-Saving Amendments to the Federal Rules, 87 Denv. U. L. Rev. 213, 473 (2010) (co-author with Daniel C. Girard)


A Tale of Two Fair Housing Disparate Impact Cases, 15 A.B.A. J. Affordable Hous. & Commun. Dev. L. 257-275 (2006) (co-author with Ann B. Lever)


False HOPE: A Critical Assessment of the HOPE VI Public Housing Redevelopment Program (2002) (lead author)

If you have experienced housing discrimination, call the Law Office of Todd Espinosa at 650-241-3873 for a free consultation.

Law Office of Todd Espinosa

2000 Broadway Street

Redwood City, California 94063

650-241-3873 telephone

650-409-2550 fax

tie@toddespinosalaw.com