Cases and Settlements

Calif. Community Settles Claims of Discriminating Against Latino Families

June 23, 2017    

HUD recently announced that the owner and manager of a California apartment complex has settled allegations of discrimination against residents based on their national origin and familial status. Among other things, the community’s manager was accused of making discriminatory statements...

Nevada Community Settles Fair Housing Dispute Over Pet Deposits

June 23, 2017    

HUD recently announced that the owners and manager of four Nevada rental communities have agreed to settle allegations of housing discrimination against prospective tenants with disabilities who require assistance animals.

Federal fair housing law prohibits housing providers from denying...

Montana Landlord Hit with $37,000 Jury Verdict in Disability Discrimination Case

June 23, 2017    

A federal jury recently returned a $37,343 verdict against a Montana landlord for charging a resident with physical and psychiatric disabilities $1,000 to have a service animal, according to the Justice Department.

The lawsuit alleged that the owner and manager of rental properties in...

California PHA to Pay $3.2M in Housing Discrimination Class Action Case

May 19, 2017    

Fish & Richardson recently announced that together with the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, it has helped win a $3.2 million award in a housing discrimination class action lawsuit filed on behalf of 180 disabled individuals against the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara (HACSC...

Kansas Community Accused of Discriminating Against Families with Children

May 19, 2017    

The Justice Department recently sued the owners and operators of a Kansas community comprised of 16 one-bedroom units, alleging that they violated the Fair Housing Act on the basis of familial status.

D.C. Property Managers Accused of Unlawfully Refusing to Rent to Voucher Holders

April 20, 2017    

In a lawsuit filed last week, fair housing advocates accused a D.C.-based residential property management firm with violating the D.C. Human Rights Act and the federal Fair Housing Act for discriminatory rental practices.

Federal Judge Rules Fair Housing Law Protects LGBT Couples

April 20, 2017    

A U.S. district judge recently ruled that a Colorado landlord’s refusal to rent to a lesbian couple, one of whom is transgender, violates federal fair housing law. The ruling is the first in which a court has extended protections to people based on their sexual orientation or gender...

Washington Landlords Accused of Discriminating Against Families with Children

March 15, 2017    

The owners and manager of three Washington communities are facing claims accusing them of violating fair housing law by refusing to rent their apartments to families with children.

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...

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