Cases and Settlements

Owner of California Rental Properties Sued for Sexual Harassment

June 18, 2019    

The Justice Department recently announced that it has filed a lawsuit alleging that the owner of residential rental housing in California violated fair housing law by subjecting female residents to sexual harassment and retaliation.

Idaho Landlords Charged with Discriminating Against Families with Children

June 18, 2019    

HUD recently charged the owners and manager of a rental home in Idaho with violating fair housing law by refusing to rent the home to a married couple because they have children.

The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to deny or limit housing because a family has children under the age of...

California Community Settles Dispute Over Emotional Support Cat

June 18, 2019    

Last month, the owners and managers of a 172-unit California community settled allegations that they discriminated against a family on the basis of disability when they denied the family’s request for a reasonable accommodation for an emotional support cat.

Owners/Developers of 82 Complexes in 13 States Accused of Discrimination

May 14, 2019    

The Justice Department recently announced that it has filed a fair housing case against an Ohio-based company and its affiliates, which owned, developed, and built 82 multifamily housing complexes in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma,...

Complaint Arises from Mother’s Request to Move Away from Heavy Smokers

May 14, 2019    

HUD recently announced a fair housing agreement between a San Diego-area property management company and a family with a child who has a respiratory disability. The agreement resolves allegations that property managers refused to grant the mother's request to be moved to a unit away from her...

HUD Charges Facebook with Housing Discrimination

April 16, 2019    

In March 2019, HUD charged Facebook with violating the Fair Housing Act by encouraging, enabling, and causing housing discrimination through the company’s advertising platform.

Maine Housing Providers to Pay $18K to Settle Discrimination Claims

April 16, 2019    

HUD recently announced that the owner of a Maine rental property and its rental agent will pay $18,000 to settle allegations that they denied housing to families with children.

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

Landlord to Pay $95K in Gender Identity Discrimination Case

March 19, 2019    

The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission recently announced a final decision and order in a housing discrimination case. Last November, the commission found that a landlord discriminated against a resident based on her gender identity and expression and awarded the resident a total of $95,000 in...

Kentucky Community Sued for Sexual Harassment

March 19, 2019    

The Justice Department recently sued the manager of a residential rental property in Kentucky for sexually harassing female residents in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. The lawsuit also alleges that the owner of the rental property is liable for his actions because she allowed him to...

San Diego Community to Pay $17K to Resolve Parking Dispute

March 19, 2019    

HUD recently announced that the owners and managers of a San Diego apartment complex have agreed to pay $17,000 to resolve allegations that they refused to grant a disabled resident’s request for a designated parking space close to the building.

The Fair Housing Act and Section 504...

Minnesota Homeowners to Pay $74K Settlement in Housing Discrimination Case

March 19, 2019    

HUD recently announced that the owners of a Minnesota rental home and a realty company have agreed to pay $74,000 to resolve allegations that they refused to rent the house to a family of five adults and six minor children because they are Native American and Hispanic, and had minor children....

Bronx Developer Agrees to Increase Accessibility for People with Disabilities

February 21, 2019    

A Bronx, N.Y., developer recently agreed to settle a federal fair housing case accusing it of failing to build two rental housing communities, which together contain more than 120 units, with accessible features for persons with disabilities.

Federal fair housing law requires that...