Discrimination When Buying

DISCRIMINATION WHEN BUYING

A seller of property cannot refuse to sell to a buyer based solely on the prospective buyer's gender identity. The same rights apply to buyers as do to renters. A common form of discrimination against buyers is when a seller refuses to recognize a legal marriage when one or both of the partners is transgender. When dealing with a couple who is legally married, a seller must recognize and respect the marriage, regardless of her or his opinions about gender identity or transgender people.1 If the situation involves discrimination by a real estate agent or broker, a complaint can be filed with the state’s real estate licensing agency. In California, real estate agents and brokers are licensed by the California Department of Real Estate (DRE). Information on how to file a complaint with the DRE can be found at: http://www.dre.ca.gov/Consumers/FileComplaint.html.


  1. Transgender People and Marriage: The Importance of Legal Planning, National Center for Lesbian Rights, http://www.nclrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/tgmarriage.pdf, Last visited May 27, 2014.