Community to Pay $10K for Alleged Refusal to Grant Disabled Resident’s Transfer Request

HUD recently announced that the owner, management company, and a former property manager of an Atlanta community have agreed to pay $10,000 to settle allegations that they violated the Fair Housing Act by refusing to allow a resident with disabilities to transfer to a ground-floor unit.

The case began with a complaint filed with HUD by a resident who accused the manager of denying her request to move to a ground-floor unit. According to the resident, she gave the manager documentation from her doctor verifying her disability and need to move to a ground-floor unit, but the manager denied her request, even though a ground-floor unit was available.

"Property owners and managers have an obligation to comply with the Fair Housing Act, which includes ensuring that their policies do not discriminate against persons with disabilities," Carlos Osegueda, HUD's Region IV Director for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, said in a statement.

Source: HUD