Cases and Settlements

Kansas Property Owners, Manager Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

January 22, 2020    

The Justice Department recently announced that the owners and the manager of rental properties in Kansas will pay $160,000 in damages and penalties to resolve a Fair Housing Act lawsuit for sexual harassment.

The lawsuit was filed against the owners, a married couple, alleging that the...

California Landlords Accused of Denying Request to Install Grab Bars

January 22, 2020    

The owners and operators of an assisted senior housing community in California recently agreed to settle a HUD complaint alleging that they violated the Fair Housing Act and other laws when they refused to install grab bars in the showers of elderly tenants with disabilities and subsequently...

DOJ: Local Crime-Free Rental Ordinance Discriminates Against Black and Latino Renters

December 18, 2019    

In December 2019, the Justice Department announced it has filed a lawsuit alleging that the City of Hesperia, Calif., and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department discriminated against African-American and Latino renters in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

Does Massachusetts’ Lead Paint Law Discriminate Against Families with Children?

December 18, 2019    

The Massachusetts Fair Housing Center (MFHC) and two families with children recently filed a complaint to stop state officials from enforcing what they say are the discriminatory provisions of the Massachusetts Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control Act (Lead Law) and to replace them...

LA Landlords Settle Disability Discrimination Claims Involving Assistance Animals

December 18, 2019    

HUD recently announced that it has approved a settlement with housing providers in the greater Los Angeles area, resolving allegations that they refused to allow residents with disabilities to keep assistance animals.

Texas Developer Settles Disability-Based Housing Discrimination Case

December 18, 2019    

A multifamily housing developer and a site engineer have agreed to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that they built an eight-building addition and associated rental office at an apartment complex in Galveston, Texas, which were inaccessible to individuals with disabilities.

PHA Pays $1.5M to Resolve Disability Discrimination Claims

November 18, 2019    

The Justice Department and HUD recently announced that the Housing Authority of the City of Bridgeport, Conn. (HACB) has agreed to a $1.5 million settlement to resolve allegations that HACB discriminated against persons with disabilities by failing to provide accessible units and ignoring their...

Landlord Accused of Illegally Terminating Resident’s Lease for ‘Medical’ Reasons

November 18, 2019    

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) recently announced that it has reached a $50,000 settlement in a housing disability discrimination case with a Modesto apartment complex owner and its property manager. The case involved a resident who claimed that her lease was...

Student Housing Providers Accused of Discriminating Against Families

October 25, 2019    

The Justice Department recently filed a lawsuit alleging that the owners and managers of residential rental housing in Honolulu, Hawaii, refused to rent to families with children, in violation of federal fair housing law. The lawsuit alleges that the three properties are operated as student...

HUD: Montana Housing Providers Discriminated Against Family with Kids

October 25, 2019    

HUD recently announced that it has charged housing providers in Montana with violating federal fair housing law by refusing to rent to and making discriminatory statements about a family with children.

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) makes it unlawful to discriminate against families with...

Georgia Landlords Charged with Discriminating Against Families with Children

September 24, 2019    

HUD recently announced that it’s charging a couple who owns an apartment building in Georgia with violating fair housing law by refusing to rent to, imposing different rental terms and conditions on, and making discriminatory statements about families with children.

The Fair Housing...

HUD Claims NY Condo Complex Isn't Accessible to Persons with Disabilities

September 24, 2019    

HUD recently charged housing professionals based in New York, Pennsylvania, and Georgia with discrimination for failing to design and construct a 40-unit condominium development in Brooklyn, N.Y., to comply with the accessibility requirements of federal fair housing law.