Cases and Settlements

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.

Massachusetts Landlord Accused of Subjecting Women to Sexual Harassment

September 24, 2019    

The Justice Department recently filed a lawsuit alleging that female residents of rental properties in Massachusetts were subjected to sexual harassment and retaliation, in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act.

The lawsuit alleged that from at least 2009 through the present, the...

Idaho Landlord Pays $15K to Settle Claims of Discrimination Against Families

September 24, 2019    

The owners and managers of a single-family rental home in Idaho recently agreed to pay $15,000 to settle allegations that they violated fair housing law by refusing to rent the large home to a married couple because they have more than four children.

The federal Fair Housing Act makes it...

New York Landlord Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

August 21, 2019    

The Justice Department recently announced that the owner and manager of rental properties in New York will be obligated to pay $850,000 in damages and civil penalties to resolve two fair housing lawsuits alleging that he sexually harassed numerous female applicants and residents for nearly three...

Vegas RE Firm Settles Dispute Over Supervision of Children Playing Outside

August 21, 2019    

HUD recently approved a settlement between a resident and the owner and manager of a Las Vegas community to resolve allegations of discrimination against families with children by allegedly denying unsupervised children's access to the property's common areas.

New Jersey Condo Community Pays $30K to Settle Dog Dispute

August 21, 2019    

A New Jersey condo association recently agreed to pay $30,000 to resolve allegations of discrimination against a resident with disabilities by denying her the right to have a dog as an assistance animal.

The settlement is the result of a 2018 charge that HUD filed against the community,...

NY Landlord Pays $400K to Settle Sexual Harassment Claim

July 24, 2019    

A settlement was recently reached on behalf of a fair housing organization and eight women who accused an Oswego, N.Y., landlord of demanding sexual favors as a condition of tenancy. Under the settlement, the landlord will be permanently barred from managing rental properties and will be...