Federal Fair Housing Act

The Federal Fair Housing Act and California state law protects your rights.  Everyone should be able to rent or purchase a home as long as you qualify financially.  No one may be denied housing based on his or her race, gender, color, nationality, religion, disability, marital, or family status.

Whether you are buying, selling, renting, or financing a home or if you are a current tenant, homeowner, or landlord, you need to know what your rights and responsibilities are. 

The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing equal housing opportunity for all people regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, familial status or disability.  If you believe you have been a victim of discrimination, please call the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Fair Housing Hotline at (800) 669-9777.

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


Landlord/Tenant Issues

If you need assistance regarding a landlord/tenant issue, please contact one of the following organizations:

1.  Rental Housing Mediation Task Force:  (805) 564-5420 (available to these zip codes: 93013, 93067, 93101, 93103, 93108, 93109, 93110, 93111,93117)

2.  Legal assistance (attorneys provide "advice only" assistance)

         The County Law Library:

         Santa Barbara          (805) 568-2296
         Santa Maria             (805) 346-7548


          Low Income Legal Assistance:

         Santa Barbara          (805) 963-6754
         Santa Maria             (805) 922-9909
         Lompoc                   (805) 736-6582

          Senior Outreach:

          Santa Barbara          (805) 963-6754
          Lompoc                   (805) 736-6582


Additional Tenant & Landlord Issues Resources

       Tenant & Landlord Issues Resources-North County

       Tenant & Landlord Issues Resources-South County

Note: The information contained in this website is subject to change at anytime without prior notice