Trial Court Improperly Grants an Award of Fees to Tenant Under Fair Housing Act


In Morrison v. Vineyard Creek, 2011 DJDAR 4611 (2011), the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District overturned an award of attorney fees granted to a tenant under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act ( FEHA).

The plaintiff signed a lease for an apartment. The lease stated that the apartment would only be used as a private residence and specifically prohibited all uses for commercial or non-residential purposes.

After taking possession of the premises, the plaintiff notified the landlord that she intended to operate a family child day care facility on the premises pursuant to the California Child Day Care Facilities Act (Act). The landlord responded to the notice, stating that operation of a day care business in the apartment would constitute a breach of the lease.

Plaintiff then sued the landlord.

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