Calderon Bill Creating Statewide Ban on Reporting Tenant Immigration Statuses Passes Assembly Judiciary Committee

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Bill 299, a measure authored by Majority Leader Ian Calderon that would bar all public entities from compelling landlords, rental property owners and managers to obtain information, or take any action based on the immigration or citizenship status of a tenant or prospective tenant, passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee today.

“We need to ensure those seeking housing will not face scrutiny and discrimination because of their immigration status or live in constant fear of being reported to authorities,” stated Majority Leader Calderon. “A person’s immigration status should of no significance to a landlord. This measure is necessary to ensure that rental property owners will not be compelled by local governments to become de facto immigration agents.”

Current law prohibits cities and counties from requiring rental property owners to collect citizenship status from tenants or prospective tenants. AB 299 is a natural expansion of the current law to prohibit not just cities and counties from this kind of immigration status discrimination, but also the state, including any state office, department, division, bureau, board, or commission, and any public utility, district, public authority, public agency, political subdivision, public corporation, or the California State University system.

AB 299 bars all public entities from compelling rental property owners and managers to compile, disclose, report, provide any information, or otherwise take any action, including possibly denying accommodations, based on the immigration or citizenship status of a tenant or prospective tenant. Tenant leasing decisions would be based upon proper financial and personal qualifications and other health and safety standards without the threat of a lawsuit or administrative recourse.

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