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Re: restricting number of occupants in apartments: California

Posted by Sam on March 13, 2001 at 01:35:09:

In Reply to: restricting number of occupants in apartments posted by Shawn on March 12, 2001 at 21:41:29:

: My daughter and son-in-law are looking for two bedroom apartments here in Santa Maria CA where there is a shortage of apartments and where housing prices restrict them to a two bedroom. They have three children ages 2 1/2 years, 1 1/2 years and 1 month. They were told by an apartment manager that it was against policy to rent a two bedroom to that many people because the landlord paid for water bill. Is it legal for them to restrict them from renting on the basis of number of occupants when children are involved, and if so what are the allowed restrictions?

: Thanks to anyone who can answer ASAP.

The two people in the federal restriction is two adults, not children.
Children over a certain age (12?) are counted as adults. Some laws count two children as one adult...

Here in NY, there are state and local laws with restrictions like 'one married couple per bedroom', 'one adult per 80 square feet (excluding kit/bath)', etc. There is also a law prohibiting rental discrimination against children/families.

Did you find anything useful in the CA section on Tenant.Net?

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