Sunday, December 04, 2016

Fair Housing Feds Tag HOA, Two Landlords With Housing Discrimination Against Families With Kids In Three Separate Actions

From the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (Washington, D.C.):
  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced [] that it is charging housing providers in Georgia, Louisiana, and New Hampshire with violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against families with children.
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Georgia: HOA Accused Of Denying Family's Request To Have Children's Play Equipment In Their Yard For Their Kids

  • HUD is charging Peachtree Court Homeowners Association, Inc., with denying a family’s request to have play equipment for their children in their backyard. The family had requested permission to construct a playset but the request was denied. Subsequently, the family attached a slide to the rear deck of the home. When the Association learned about the slide, they sent the family a letter stating that the slide had to be removed. The Board of Directors also levied fines against the family for unauthorized improvements that totaled $2,300 and prevented the family from using some community amenities, including the community pool. Read the charge.

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Louisiana: Landlord Allegedly Tells Fair Housing Tester (Posing As A Tenant) That A Renter With Two Young Babies May Give Rise To Too Many Complaints & Doesn't Want "The Wrong Tenants"

  • HUD is charging the owner of a three-unit rental property in New Orleans with violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against families with children. The case came to HUD’s attention when the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, a HUD Fair Housing Initiatives Program agency, filed a complaint after seeing a classified ad the owner placed on Craigslist.

    A fair housing tester posing as a married father with eight-month-old twins sent an email to the owner inquiring about the apartment. After a friend of the owner showed the tester the unit, the owner sent the tester an email allegedly stating, “I’m not sure the combo with the two young babies and the vacation rental next door is the best fit…I have only gotten a few complaints from long-term tenants over the years, but I am concerned that with two young kids you could be complaining more than that and I don’t want to get the wrong tenants in the house.” Read the charge.

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New Hampshire: Landlord Allegedly Tells Fair Housing Tester (Posing As A Tenant) That Previous Evicted Tenant Had Three "Messy" Children & Wants To Rent To Someone Without Children

  • HUD is charging the owner of an apartment in West Keene, New Hampshire, with housing discrimination for allegedly refusing to rent the unit to families with children. The case came to HUD’s attention when a married couple filed a complaint alleging that the owner denied them the opportunity to rent the apartment. The charge alleges that the couple first learned about the unit when they saw an ad for a “huge” apartment in West Keene. The wife contacted the owner to inquire about the unit, but when she told him that she was looking for an apartment for herself, her husband, and her children, the owner allegedly told her that “he was not interested in renting to anyone with children,” and that he “just evicted a family with children because they were too loud.”

    The charge further alleges that a tester with New Hampshire Legal Assistance, another HUD Fair Housing Initiatives Program agency, also contacted the owner and was told that the previous tenants who were evicted had three “messy” children, and that he would like to rent the apartment to a husband and wife or a single person. The owner ultimately rented the apartment to two women who did not have children. Read the charge.

Source: HUD Charges Housing Providers In Georgia, Louisiana, And New Hampshire With Discriminating Against Families With Children.

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