Cases and Settlements

Communities Accused of Applying Discriminatory Blanket Bans on Renters with Criminal Histories

February 22, 2017    

In Washington State, five rental housing companies have agreed to settle allegations that they violated federal and state fair housing law by applying blanket bans on tenants with a past felony, according to a statement by State Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office.

Although...

Developer Must Increase Accessibility at Three NYC Apartment Communities

February 22, 2017    

A real estate developer and three affiliates have agreed to pay up to $545,000 and to make substantial retrofits at a Manhattan rental complex to improve accessibility and comply with the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), according to a recent announcement by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara...

Oklahoma Landlords Charged with Discriminating Against Disabled Veteran

February 22, 2017    

In early February, HUD announced that it has charged the landlords of a rental home in Oklahoma with violating fair housing law by denying the reasonable accommodation requests of a resident, a veteran with disabilities.

Five Large NYC Landlords Charged with Refusing to Accept Housing Vouchers

January 18, 2017    

The New York City Commission on Human Rights kicked off the New Year by charging five large landlords and brokerage firms with repeatedly discriminating against prospects based on their lawful source of income, a violation of the city’s Human Rights Law. Together, the landlords and...

Mobile Home Park Settles Disability Discrimination Complaints

January 18, 2017    

Late last month, HUD announced that it has approved settlement agreements to resolve allegations that the owners and managers of a Wyoming mobile home park unlawfully denied reasonable modification requests by two families. According to HUD, the community’s Michigan-based owner is the...

Vegas Community Settles Complaint Involving Resident's Pregnant Daughter-in-Law

January 18, 2017    

HUD recently announced that it has approved an agreement between the owners and managers of a Las Vegas mobile home park and a family to settle allegations that they refused to allow an elderly woman’s son and his pregnant wife to live at the property after their child was born. Under the...

Developers to Pay $350K to Settle Case Alleging Inaccessibility

December 15, 2016    

The Justice Department recently announced that the developers of six multifamily housing complexes in southern Mississippi have agreed to pay $350,000 to settle claims that they violated the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act by building apartment complexes that were...

Colorado Complex Agrees to Pay $70K to Resolve Discrimination Complaint

December 15, 2016    

HUD recently announced a $70,000 settlement in a case alleging discrimination based on familial status and disability at a Colorado community. The settlement resolves HUD complaints filed by a fair housing group and a Denver-area family with children, accusing the community’s owners and...

DOJ Files Brief in Lawsuit Over Criminal Background Check Policy

November 16, 2016    

The Justice Department recently filed a statement of interest in a lawsuit challenging the use of criminal background checks at a New York community. In its brief, the Justice Department argued that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) requires that landlords who consider criminal records in evaluating...

HUD: Settlements, Charges Announced in Fair Housing Cases

November 16, 2016    

Last week, HUD announced settlements in fair housing cases alleging disability discrimination at rental housing communities in Massachusetts and Nevada. In a separate case, HUD filed similar charges against landlords in Florida.

Louisiana PHA to Pay $120K to Settle Discrimination Claims

October 20, 2016    

The Justice Department recently announced that the Bossier City, La., Housing Authority (BCHA) has agreed to pay $120,000 and adopt new policies to settle a lawsuit alleging discrimination based on race and disability under fair housing law.

Utah Communities Pay $45K to Settle Claims Related to Assistance Animals

October 20, 2016    

The owners and managers of four multifamily apartment complexes in Utah recently agreed to pay $45,000 to settle a fair housing case alleging discrimination against residents with disabilities who wanted to live with their assistance animals.

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