Sunday, December 18, 2016

SoCal Landlord Feels HUD Squeeze, Agrees To Cough Up $17,500 To Two Disabled Renters In Settlement Of Housing Discrimination Allegations That It Denied Their Request To Move Out Of Allegedly Mold-Infested Unit With Two Ruptured Water Pipes & Into Carpet-Free Apartment (Failure To Provide Dedicated Accessible Parking Spot Upon Request Didn't Help Landlord's Cause, Either!)

In Laguna Niguel, California, The Orange County Record reports:
  • Federal housing authorities have reached an agreement with Orange County landlords after two women complained of being discriminated against because of their disabilities.

    Residents of the Alicia Park Apartments in Laguna Niguel filed a complaint on June 14 with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the agency said [].

    A woman with a mobility impairment and her daughter, who has a respiratory disability, asked building management if they could move to a unit without carpet. They stated their unit was infested with mold and had two ruptured pipes.

    The women claimed the request was denied as was their request for an accessible parking space next to their unit, the statement read.

    According to the agreement, the company that manages the apartments and its owners will pay the women $17,500, replace the carpet with flooring, get rid of the mold and dirt and add the parking space. They will also sign a one-year lease with the women.

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