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

Thursday, June 29, 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 Senate Judiciary Committee today.

“Those seeking housing should not face discrimination because of their immigration status or live in fear that they could be reported to authorities,” stated Majority Leader Calderon. “AB 299 is a necessary measure to ensure that rental property owners will not be compelled by local governments to become de facto immigration agents.”

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.

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 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, East Bay Rental Housing Association, North Valley Property Owner’s Association, and the Santa Barbara Rental Property Association.

Contact: Lerna Shirinian (562) 692-5858