New Driver’s License Law in California

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California Assembly Bill 60, which will take effect January 1, 2015.  This law enables undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license from the Department of Motor Vehicles without the holder presenting a birth certificate or Social Security card.

Some landlords have expressed concern over how this law will affect their ability to rent their homes.  The short answer is that this change to the driver’s license law will not affect one at all unless of course, they are currently discriminating against applicants.

The best defense against a fair housing claim is to treat every applicant the same.  At California Leasing we have a published policy on requirements to rent one of our properties and our applications specify our approval process.

Beyond that we do not discriminate and you should not either.  Do not discriminate based on color, disability, familial status, national origin, race, religion, or sex.  Those are the easy ones.  But in California, the list is ever-growing and includes medical condition, political affiliation, position in a labor dispute, sexual orientation, and genetic information.

This does not mean you should not perform a proper background screening.  You absolutely should.  And if you do not receive the answers you desire or require, you can pass on a tenant.

Anytime you pass on a tenant make sure you have, and retain, a written record of why you passed on that tenant.  Having written notes can be crucial to defending a fair housing claim.

Not every landlord is up for the challenge.  If you need help finding a quality tenant while also following the myriad of state and federal laws, give California Leasing a call.  We are always here to help.  Whether it is finding you a tenant, managing your property, or simply answering a question, you can always call on California Leasing.