TENANTS LEGAL CENTER
SWEEPING IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
AB291 provides a set of legal protections for tenants against landlords who might try to use immigration status as a way of intimidating tenants who have exercised, or who are about to exercise, their housing rights. Under this bill and set of laws, Immigration or citizenship status of any person is irrelevant to any issue of liability or remedy under specified provisions of law relating to the rights of tenants, and would prohibit inquiry being made in a civil action initiated to enforce those laws into a person’s immigration or citizenship status Tenants are afforded protection if an eviction is commenced based on immigration status. Landlords cannot threaten to disclose information regarding or relating to the immigration or citizenship status to force a tenant to vacate a dwelling. There are other restrictions regarding inquiry and disclosure of immigration status and protections against retaliation against a tenant based on immigration status. There are additional penalties and liabilities of a Landlord if after approving the tenant to rent the dwelling, that tenant is later asked to provide certain information including a SSN, credit information or documents of identification. This law also restricts Attorneys from threatening to report suspected immigration status of a witness or party in certain actions relating to employment or renting a dwelling. Text shows the new changes.
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