Cases and Settlements

California City Settles Claims of Housing Discrimination Against Farmworkers

August 3, 2021    

The City of Santa Maria, Calif., recently entered into a settlement agreement with HUD resolving allegations that the city’s enactment and enforcement of restrictions on housing for certain farmworker...

Lead Paint No Excuse for Denying Families Housing

July 13, 2021    

HUD recently approved a settlement agreement between an owner of rental properties in Massachusetts and a prospective tenant, resolving allegations that the owner refused to rent available units to the woman after...

Does Resident Need to Keep Eight Dogs as a Reasonable Accommodation?

January 4, 2021    

A New York City co-op board sued a shareholder resident for violating her proprietary lease by keeping eight dogs and two cats in her apartment. This created noise and odors that other residents complained about. The co-op board didn't seek eviction but sought removal of five of the eight...

NY Landlord Barred Tenant’s Use of Motorized Scooter

January 4, 2021    

A tenant sued her landlord for disability discrimination in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. The tenant lived in a ground-floor unit in an apartment complex. Due to multiple disabilities, the tenant used a motorized scooter to get from her apartment's patio door across a lawn to...

U.S. District Court Halts HUD’s Revisions to Disparate Impact Rule

November 13, 2020    

A federal judge recently issued a preliminary injunction to stop HUD from implementing a rule that would have made it harder to bring discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act. The rule would have required plaintiffs to meet a higher threshold to prove unintentional discrimination, known...

DOJ Testers Accuse NY Rental Agent of Race Discrimination

October 22, 2020    

The Justice Department recently announced that it has filed a lawsuit against a Staten Island, N.Y., realty company and its former rental agent, alleging discrimination against African Americans in violation of federal fair housing law when offering housing units for rent. The lawsuit is based...

Sexual Harassment Claim Costs Virginia Rental Manager, Owners $335K to Settle

October 22, 2020    

The Justice Department recently announced that a manager of rental properties in and around Harrisonburg, Va., together with owners of the properties, will pay $335,000 to resolve allegations that the manager sexually harassed multiple female residents and discriminated in housing on the basis...

HUD to CA Landlord: 2 BRs Okay for Couple with 3 Kids

October 22, 2020    

HUD recently announced that it has approved a settlement between the owner and managers of rental properties in California and a couple who alleged that the housing providers refused to rent a two-bedroom unit to them because they have three children. Under the settlement, the housing providers...

Seven D.C. RE Firms and Professionals Accused of Housing Discrimination

September 21, 2020    

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine recently announced that his office has filed three lawsuits alleging housing discrimination by seven real estate companies and professionals operating in the district.

Arkansas Housing Providers Settle Allegations of National Origin Discrimination

September 21, 2020    

HUD recently approved three settlements with the owners and property management company of an Arkansas community, resolving allegations that they discriminated against several residents by evicting them because of their national origin and retaliated against an employee living on site who sought...

N.J. Condo Association Charged with Discriminating Against Resident with Disabilities

September 21, 2020    

HUD recently charged a New Jersey condominium association with housing discrimination after its management company allegedly refused to allow a resident with disabilities to keep an assistance animal.

Federal fair housing law prohibits housing providers from denying or limiting housing to...

N.J. Landlord Sued for Sexual Harassment

September 21, 2020    

The Justice Department recently sued the owner of rental properties in New Jersey with violating federal fair housing law by subjecting female residents to sexual harassment. The complaint alleged that the defendant, who owns hundreds of rental units in and around Elizabeth, N.J., has subjected...