Rental Housing Discrimination Code Amendment

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 3/7/2017


The Board will conduct the first reading of an ordinance amending the Marin County Code to eliminate an exception for owner-occupied structures from the County’s Fair Housing Ordinance providing source of income protections for recipients of third-party rental assistance. In November 2016, the Board adopted a Fair Housing Ordinance to remove limitations in the provision of rental housing for families and veterans who receive third-party rental assistance. At the time, the Board directed staff to return at a future date to consider amendments to remove an exception for owner-occupied structures with less than three dwelling units and for housing accommodations wherein an owner and tenant keep in common either a bathroom or kitchen facility. The elimination of the exception would simplify the process for understanding and determining ordinance applicability and support an original intent of the ordinance to inhibit a discriminatory rental environment. Staff recommends that the Board schedule a merit hearing for 1:30 p.m. March 21.


The Board conducted the first reading and scheduled a merit hearing for 1:30 p.m. March 21.

Need more info? See the staff report about the proposed ordinance amendment about the Fair Housing Ordinance.

Contact: Debbi La Rue, Planner, Community Development Agency

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