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

Monday, March 20, 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 Floor today with bipartisan support.

“This measure is necessary to ensure that rental property owners will not be compelled by local governments to become de facto immigration agents,” stated Majority Leader Calderon. “Those seeking housing should not face discrimination because of their immigration status or live in constant fear of that they could be reported to authorities.”

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.

AB 299 is supported by the Apartment Association of California Los Angeles, Orange County, and Southern Cities, as well as the California Apartment Association, California Federation of Teachers, Easy Bay Rental Housing Association, North Valley Property Owner’s Association, and the Santa Barbara Rental Property Association.

Majority Leader Ian C. Calderon was elected in November 2012 to represent California's 57th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Industry, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, La Puente, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, Whittier and the unincorporated communities of Avocado Heights, Bassett, East La Mirada, East Whittier, Los Nietos-West Whittier, South San Jose Hills, South Whittier, and Hacienda Heights.