Landlord’s Email Tirades
My daughter is renting a house with several other girls near their college. Their male landlord has been sending them insane emails, with offensive language. It’s not necessarily sexual, just crazy, offensive comments about stupid college kids calling them “idiots” and “dumb-asses.” What rights if any do they have to stop these insane tirades? —Azita from Tarzana
California has a Fair Employment and Housing Act that protects against discrimination and harassment on the basis of protected interests like gender, race, age and disability. Since you mentioned that all the tenants are female and the landlord is male, there may be “discriminatory animus” underlying the obnoxious letters. That’s fancy lawyer talk describing that the guy might really be doing this because he hates women. So, it’s best to review the California Department of Fair Housing and Employment website to learn about your daughter’s rights. The DFEH posts a bunch of free information about Housing rights in California and gives you the ability to file complaints. Also, look for a local Tenant Assistance Center near where your daughter attends school. Their advice is usually free as well. Last, it never hurts to consult with a civil rights attorney but, if push comes to shove, your daughter and her friends may have to vacate before exercising their rights because you don’t want them in harm’s way. It seems that the landlord has one too many screws loose (and I don’t mean in the drywall!).
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