Looking to buy a home in Sacramento, Calif.? Well, if you support President Donald Trump, at least one homeowner reportedly says she doesn’t want to sell her home to you.
The homeowner made the condition clear to her Realtor, Elizabeth Weintraub, according to Sacramento’s KOVR-TV.
Weintraub relayed the woman’s request to the station, noting it could be difficult to screen potential buyers based on politics.
“We can ask somebody how they voted, but they don’t have to tell us,” she said.
“We can ask somebody how they voted, but they don’t have to tell us.”
The house has reportedly been owned by the seller’s family for several decades. Now the woman, whose name was not released, wants to sell — so long as the buyer has political views similar to her own.
But that may be illegal, attorney Allen Sawyer said.
Discrimination based on one’s political views is “an unlawful contractual term that infringes the freedom of association and First Amendment rights,” he said.
“People have a right to believe what they want to believe,” Sawyer added, “and they shouldn’t be restricted from purchasing property based on that.”
“People have a right to believe what they want to believe, and they shouldn’t be restricted from purchasing property based on that.”
The Fair Housing Act forbids home sellers from discriminating against potential buyers based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or nationality – but says nothing about political preference.
Despite having been home to presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, the Golden State has backed Democrats for president in recent elections.
George H.W. Bush, who was elected in 1988, is the most recent Republican presidential candidate to win the state.