Cases and Settlements

HUD: Landlord Retaliated Against Tenants Who Complained of Harassment

December 5, 2022    

HUD has accused an Oklahoma landlord and its property manager of discriminating against tenants by failing to adequately respond to known serious racial harassment and by retaliating by trying to terminate their tenancy.

D.C. Doles Out Landmark $10M Penalty for Voucher Discrimination

October 31, 2022    

Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine recently announced a settlement requiring three real estate firms and its executives to pay a landmark $10 million in penalties for illegally discriminating against renters in the District who use Section 8 housing vouchers and other forms of...

Group Claims Landlord's LEP Policy Discriminated Against Applicants

September 6, 2022    

A not-for-profit group advocating against housing discrimination sued a New York landlord for violations of the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) based on refusal to rent to a prospective tenant with limited English proficiency (LEP). The group claimed that...

Judge: NY Landlord's 'Reprehensible' Discrimination Merits Maximum Penalty

August 9, 2022    

HUD recently announced that an Administrative Law Judge found that a Long Island landlord violated the Fair Housing Act when he refused to rent to a mother and her daughter because of the daughter’s cerebral palsy. The judge ordered the owner to pay $50,530 in damages to the family and a $...

Florida RV Park Charged with Discriminating Against Transgender Tenant

July 26, 2022    

HUD recently announced that it’s charging the owner and manager of a Florida RV park with discriminating against a former tenant because of her gender identity. The charge alleges that the owner violated the Fair Housing Act when he gave the tenant a letter stating that he was aware she...

California RE Firm Settles with Interracial Couple Claiming Race, Disability Discrimination

July 5, 2022    

HUD recently announced that it has entered into a Conciliation Agreement with California property owners, a property management company, and a property manager, resolving allegations that they discriminated against an interracial married couple on the basis of race and disability. A former...

NYC Owners, Brokers Settle Source-of-Income Discrimination Lawsuit

May 31, 2022    

Twenty-three owners and apartment brokers in New York City recently agreed to enact reforms to resolve a lawsuit alleging that they routinely turned away prospective tenants seeking to use federal vouchers to supplement their rent. Originally filed in March 2022, the lawsuit claimed that 88...

Senior Housing Provider Accused of Discriminating Against Transgender Applicant

May 2, 2022    

In March, the Maine Human Rights Commission found evidence that an assisted living provider violated state nondiscrimination protections when it denied an applicant a room because she is a transgender woman.

Las Vegas Landlord Settles Claims of Disability Discrimination

February 23, 2022    

HUD recently announced that it has approved a Conciliation Agreement with a Las Vegas landlord and his property manager to resolve allegations of discrimination brought by a prospective tenant with a disability. The...

California Landlords Settle Claims of Discrimination Against LEP Renters

January 3, 2022    

The management agents and owners of four HUD-subsidized apartment complexes in Southern California recently reached a Conciliation/Voluntary Compliance Agreement with HUD, resolving allegations that the property managers refused to rent to or provide adequate language services for applicants...

Landlords' Broad COVID Visitor Policy Violates FHA

October 25, 2021    

HUD recently signed a Conciliation Agreement/Voluntary Compliance Agreement with owners of a HUD-subsidized community in Fairhope, Ala. The agreement resolves allegations and a HUD investigation into whether the owners’ policy prohibiting visitors under the age of 12 due to COVID-19 was...

Arizona Owner Fails to Fulfill Reasonable Accommodation Involving Notices

October 4, 2021    

HUD recently announced that it has approved a Conciliation/Voluntary Compliance Agreement between the Housing Authority of Maricopa County, in Mesa, Ariz., and one of its residents who has a mental health disability. Under the agreement, the housing authority will pay $10,000 to the tenant and...