Cases and Settlements

Pa. Communities Accused of Posting Discriminatory Ads

November 16, 2017    

HUD recently charged the owners and operators of two apartment buildings in Altoona, Pa., with violating fair housing law by posting online classified ads that discriminate against families with children.

The case came to HUD’s attention when a fair housing advocacy group filed a...

Tenn. Community Accused of Refusing Parking-Related Accommodation Requests

November 16, 2017    

The Justice Department recently sued the owners and operators of a 134-unit Tennessee community for alleged disability discrimination and retaliation in violation of fair housing law.

Mass. Landlord Liable for Refusing to Rent Unit with Lead Paint

November 16, 2017    

A Massachusetts jury recently found the owner of a four-unit rental property liable for violating fair housing law when he refused to rent an apartment to a family because they had children under 6 years old and the units had no lead certificate.

Mississippi Real Estate Groups Settle Race Discrimination Complaint

October 19, 2017    

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) recently settled a fair housing complaint against real estate agents and their companies in Jackson, Miss., accusing them of racial discrimination against potential homebuyers.

Minnesota Landlord Charged with Discriminating Against Veteran with Assistance Dog

October 19, 2017    

HUD recently charged the owner and manager of a Minnesota apartment complex with discrimination for refusing to allow an Army veteran, who served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, to keep an emotional support animal.

Washington Community Settles Claims of Discriminating Against Families with Children

September 20, 2017    

The owners and manager of three apartment buildings in Washington have agreed to pay $95,000 in damages and civil penalties to resolve a lawsuit charging them with refusing to rent to families with children, according to a recent announcement by the Justice Department.

Indiana PHA to Pay $70K to Settle Fair Housing Lawsuit

September 20, 2017    

The Justice Department recently announced that it has reached a settlement with the Housing Authority of the City of Anderson, Ind., which owns and operates 143 public housing units in the city, to resolve allegations that the housing authority discriminated against residents of these units on...

Justice Dept. Sues L.A. to Recover Millions in HUD Housing Grants

August 17, 2017    

The Justice Department recently sued the City of Los Angeles and its former redevelopment agency, alleging that they fraudulently obtained millions of dollars in HUD housing grants by falsely certifying that the money was being spent in compliance with federal accessibility laws.

Calif. Community to Pay $72K to Settle Complaint Involving Assistance Animal

August 17, 2017    

HUD recently announced that the owners and managers of two California apartment complexes has agreed to pay $72,000 to resolve allegations of discrimination against a female resident with disabilities who requires an assistance animal.

W.Va. Landlords Pay $600K to Settle Sexual Harassment Case

July 20, 2017    

The Justice Department recently announced a $600,000 settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the owners and former managers of more than 70 residential rental properties in West Virginia.

Mass. Community Pays $70K to Resolve Allegations of Unlawful Steering

July 20, 2017    

The owner and operator of a 224-unit multifamily housing complex in Massachusetts recently agreed to pay up to $70,000 to resolve allegations of housing discrimination based on race and national origin, according to an announcement by the Justice Department.

Calif. Community Pays $40K to Settle Case Involving Emotional Support Animal

July 20, 2017    

The owners of a California community recently agreed to pay $40,000 to resolve allegations of disability discrimination in violation of state fair housing law, according to an announcement by the state’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).

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