Does Fair Housing Law Apply to 'Shared Living Situations'? Or, the Trouble with Roommates
Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Vol. 22, Spring 2014
43 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2014
Date Written: 2014
In 2012, the Ninth Circuit held that to avoid a constitutional conflict with the right to freedom of association neither the federal Fair Housing Act nor California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act apply to persons seeking roommates or to other shared living situations. This article criticizes the opinion as poorly reasoned and overly broad and then offers a more targeted legislative solution to the problem.
Keywords: fair housing, housing law, housing policy, shared living, roommates
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