The Rumford Fair Housing Act is a law that was passed in California on September 20, 1963. It is also called the California Fair Housing Act, or AB 1240. The goal of this law was to end unfair discrimination against people of color who were seeking housing, which was a common occurrence at the time. All too often, white landlords would not rent apartments to ”colored people”, and white property owners would not sell houses to them as well. The Rumford Act stated that ”the practice of discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, or ancestry in housing accommodations is delcared to be against public policy.”

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