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Westside Digest

Santa Monica

September 12, 1985

The City Council gave final approval to an ordinance strengthening the city's laws prohibiting discrimination in the rental market against families with children.

Under the ordinance, a landlord cannot evict a tenant because the tenant gives birth to or adopts a child, nor can a landlord evict a newly married renter whose spouse moves into the unit. Landlords cannot tell a family with children that a vacant unit is not available or advertise that a unit is not available to families with children.

But a landlord is allowed to question a prospective renter about the size of his or her family.

A provision in the old law that allowed a landlord not to rent to families with children when 40% of the building was occupied by such families was deleted.

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