The complaint was originally brought to the Division's attention through a private local attorney. The lawsuit alleged that the Green Valley Country Club Apartments were not accessible to persons with disabilities because, among other things, there was no accessible route into the dwellings, the doors in the units were too narrow to allow access by persons using wheelchairs, bathroom walls lack reinforcements needed for the safe installation of grab bars, and the common and public use areas were not accessible. The defendants own and operate several apartment properties in and around Sylvester, Georgia. The jury found that the defendant made an apartment unavailable to the HUD complainants based in substantial part on their familial status. The case was referred to the Division after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received a complaint, conducted an investigation and issued a charge of discrimination. The decree also enjoins the defendants from: violating the Fair Housing Act on the basis of disability in the future; requires them to adopt specific guidelines for assessing requests for reasonable accommodations; and requires the president of the property management company to attend a fair housing training program. (N.D. Ohio). The fact that a lender does business only in minority neighborhoods does not shield its business from scrutiny under federal fair lending laws. Pa.), United States v. The Mortgage Super Center (D. Ariz.), United States v. MSM Brothers, Inc. d/b/a White Cliffs at Dover (D. N.H.). Defendant Barnason is a Level 3 sex offender who was hired after being released from prison for various sexual offenses. Tenn.), United States v. City of New Berlin (E.D. Mass. Pa.), United States v. American Family Mutual Insurance (E.D. This case was originally referred to the Division by the Kansas Human Rights Commission (KHRC). Fla.). United States v. Hillman Housing Corp. ), United States v. The Pointe Apartments Owner, LP (E.D. The case was referred to the Division after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received a complaint, conducted an investigation, and issued a charge of discrimination. In a related matter resolved in 2015, J & R Associates agreed to make changes to its rental practices to resolve allegations that it had been steering families with children to certain buildings and units in violation of the Fair Housing Act. The complaint, filed on September 15, 2005, alleged that the Village Board's actions were taken on account of the disability of the residents, in violation of Section 804(f)(1) of the Fair Housing Act, and also that the Village failed to make a reasonable accommodation in violation of Section 804(f)(3)(b). On March 15, 2016, the court entered a consent order in United States v. Mere (M.D. Wis.), alleging that the owners and operators of a two-story duplex in Milwaukee, Wisconsin violated the Fair Housing Act by refusing to rent an apartment to the HUD complainant and her partner based on her disability and for denying her reasonable accommodation request to live with her an emotional assistance dog. Under the consent decree, the defendants must pay $50,000 to the group home operator, and $10,000 to the government as a civil penalty and submit to injunctive relief. The defendants also must pay $40,000 in damages to the Fair Housing Advocates Association, which filed the discrimination complaint with HUD that initiated this case. Tex.). The United States' complaint, which was filed on May 13, 2004, alleged the condominium association engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination on the basis of disability when they established a written policy prohibiting persons in wheelchairs from using the front door to the condominium building and when they applied that policy to a ten-year-old boy who uses a wheelchair who lives in the building. In addition, the complaint alleged that the defendants provided transportation as an amenity and that until 2013, that transportation was inaccessible to people who used wheelchairs in violation of the Fair Housing Act. By signing the decree, the defendants admitted their failure to design and construct the subject properties in compliance with the requirements of the Fair Housing Act. Secure .gov websites use HTTPS Cal. Tex.). ), United States v. Northern Trust Company (N.D. Ill.), United States v. Northwest Trustee Services, Inc.(W.D. Specifically, the United States alleges that Atlantic Development Group and its principal, Peter Fine, have designed and constructed more than 6,000 apartments in 68 rental buildings throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Westchester County that do not comply with the FHA’s accessibility requirements. The United States Attorney's Office brought this action on behalf of the estate of the complainant, who lived at the subject property until she died from metastatic breast cancer at the age of 34. The Division filed an amicus brief in the Court of Appeals on January 16, 2014. ), United States v. San Miguel 1 Homeowners Association (S.D. On June 14, 2018, the complaint was amended to include a related entity called 3rd Generation, Inc. as a defendant. ), United States v. Southeastern Community and Family Services, Inc. (Wesley) (M.D.N.C. (D.D.C.). ), United States v. City of Jacksonville (M.D. ), United States v. Plaza Mobile Estates (C.D. Ohio), United States, NFHA & LIHS v. Uvaydov (E.D.N.Y. As part of the agreement, Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania will permit the Bensalem Masjid, a Muslim nonprofit religious organization, to use its property for the purpose of building a mosque. P.R. (E.D.N.Y. Mont. ), United States v. Queens Point Manor (D. N.M.), United States v. Raintree Associates LTD. Partnership (D. Nev.), United States v. Raleigh Annex Apartments (S.D. (D. Colo.), Avalon Residential Care, Homes, Inc. v. City of Dallas (N.D. The decree also established a five million dollar fund to compensate individual victims; over 1,600 households in the community received damages. Ohio), the terms of which include $175,000 in monetary damages for 20 aggrieved women, a $2,500 civil penalty, and comprehensive injunctive relief. Wash.), United States v. Security State Bank (W.D. ), United States v. PRG Real Estate Management (E.D. ), United States v. Fleet Mortgage Company (E.D.N.Y. On March 31, 2016, the court entered an opinion and order on the parties' partial summary judgment motions in Equal Rights Center v. Equity Residential (D. The consent decree requires the defendants to pay $16,000 to the HUD complainant, continue to allow him to keep an emotional support animal, waive all claims against him for attorneys’ fees, create a new reasonable accommodations policy, obtain fair housing training and be subjected to various reporting and recordkeeping requirements. ), United States v. First Site Commercial Inc. (C.D. Mass. (S.D.N.Y.). Under the terms of the consent decree, the defendants will retrofit the 283 units and common areas to make them accessible to persons with disabilities, pay damages of $30,000 to Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, pay $50,000 to compensate tenants who have been harmed by the lack of the accessible features at the complex, and pay a $13,600 civil penalty to the United States. Housing Act by engaging in a pattern or practice of sexual harassment against tenants and housing applicants since at least 2005. Del.). In August 2018, the United States notified the City that it had concluded that the City had violated RLUIPA and intended to file suit, and offered the City an opportunity to negotiate a resolution. On July 17, 2017, the court issued an order denying defendant’s motion to dismiss. The case was referred to the Division after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received a complaint, conducted an investigation and issued a charge of discrimination. Ill.). The case was referred to the Division after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received a complaint, conducted an investigation, and issued a charge of discrimination. On September 30, the United States filed a pattern or practice complaint in United States v. Albert C. Kobayashi, Inc., et al. La. Under the terms of the consent order, the defendants will pay a $100,000 civil penalty, $60,000 in damages to victims, and $10,000 to fund community-wide training for tenants and landlords regarding the Fair Housing Act. One woman testified that Johnson refused to give her keys to her apartment until she agreed to have sex with him. ), United States v. Wallschlaeger (S.D. Pa.), United States v. Breckenridge Plaza (E.D. United States v. Woodbury Gardens Redevelopment Co. Owners Corp. Under the settlement agreement, the defendants agree to pay Ms. Poeschel $30,000 in damages and attorney’s fees and to adopt a new reasonable accommodation policy. The consent decree requires the defendants to: pay $33,000 to the HUD complainant's Special Needs Trust and $4,500 to HOPE Fair Housing Center; adopt a reasonable accommodation policy and to obtain fair housing training. Mass. The consent decree includes provisions for compensatory damages in the amount of $330,000 for aggrieved persons and a $5,000 civil penalty. Defendants will also pay a civil penalty of $62,029 to the United States. The complaint alleges that this violation raises an issue of significant public importance. Okla.), a Fair Housing Act HUD election case that alleged discrimination  based on disability. The Housing Part hears landlord-tenant matters and cases involving maintenance of housing standards. ), United States v. First National Bank of Vicksburg (S.D. The defendants will also provide a $75,000 fund to compensate aggrieved persons. Miss.). The case was referred to the Division after the Department of Housing and Urban Development received a complaint, conducted an investigation, and issued a charge of discrimination.. United States v. Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (S.D.N.Y. It also includes injunctive provisions that prohibit Gary Price from being directly involved in the management of residential rental properties or  contacting former, current, or prospective tenants, and require that Defendants refrain from future discrimination on the basis of sex and race, seek dismissal or vacatur of unlawful detainer and related actions they filed against aggrieved persons and expungement of related credit reports, retain an independent manager, obtain fair housing training, maintain records, and submit reports to the United States. ), United States v. Chevy Chase Bank, F.S.B. Wis.). Wis.), United States and Dunfee v. Lund (W.D. The additional amount shall be at least 125 of the amount paid to the owners by the Village at the time of acquisition. The complaint alleges that the DOA discriminated on the basis of disability by failing to grant a reasonable accommodation to its no-pets policy to a HUD complainant, and alleges that DOA engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination and/or a denial of rights against a group of persons for adopting a discriminatory policy and refusing to grant reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities who need assistance animals. On September 8, 2020, the Division sought leave to file an Amended Complaint, which alleges that this revised ordinance continues to impose a substantial burden on the AMAA’s exercise of religion, in violation of RLUIPA. The United States also alleged that because of this discrimination, the complainants could not purchase the home of their choice from third-party sellers, and were forced into a far more expensive and less satisfactory home. United States v. Dorchester Owners Association  (E.D. Ala.), United States v. WNY Metro Crown Realty Sales & Appraisal Corp.(W.D.N.Y.). The pattern or practice complaint, which was filed on November 19, 2015, alleged the owners and manager of seven complexes located in eastern Michigan violated the Fair Housing Act on the basis of familial status by prohibiting families with children from renting one-bedroom units. ), United States v. Ridge Way Management (N.D. Ohio). The complaint, filed on December 16, 2004, alleged that the defendant subjected female tenants to conduct including, but not limited to, unwanted verbal sexual advances; unwanted sexual touching; conditioning the terms and conditions of women's tenancy on the granting of sexual favors; entering the apartments of female tenants without permission or notice; and taking adverse action against female tenants when they refused or objected to his sexual advances. (E.D. The settlement agreement requires the defendants to pay up to $1,490,000 to compensate 127 servicemembers who had unlawful default judgments entered against them and $34,920 to compensate 10 servicemembers who were charged early lease termination fees in violation of the SCRA. The consent order required the bank to provide $55 million in loans at below market rates to the areas that it refused to service previously and to implement a non-discriminatory lending policy. Respondent Danielian will conduct annual in-house training for a period of three years to its employees involved in the design of multi-family dwellings. Prior to entering into the settlement agreement, the defendant had granted the complainant’s request for a unit transfer. The agreement also includes non-monetary relief, including changes in BMW FS’s lease termination policies to ensure that required refunds are provided, and employee training. The company also has agreed to: provide fair housing training for its management employees; establish a mediation program for the resolution of any future disputes between tenants and management; allow the Fair Housing Council to test its compliance with the agreement; provide monetary relocation assistance to families who wish to relocate within an apartment complex; and, not pass on the cost of the settlement to its tenants by means of rent increases. The complaint, which was filed on July 20, 2017,  alleged that the complainant, a mother of an infant child, visited the White Cliffs at Dover apartments to inquire about two-bedroom apartments, but was told that White Cliffs had a policy of placing families with children under the age of 10 in first floor units only, and that no first floor units were currently available, nor was there room on the waiting list for first floor units. In 2014, Ability Housing, Inc., a non-profit affordable housing provider, was awarded a $1.35 million grant to revitalize a 12-unit apartment building and create “permanent supportive housing” for “chronically homeless” individuals in the City who, by definition, have at least one disability. The United States' complaint, filed on March 2, 2005, alleged that Peter Altmayer intimidated and harassed his next door neighbors, and their two minor children, on the basis of their religion (Jewish) and national origins (Israeli and Mexican). The consent decree contains injunctive relief and civil penalties of $30,000. (C.D. The consent decree requires defendants to pay $11,000 in damages to the estate of the complainant. ), United States v. City of Hesperia (C.D. ), United States v. Town of Cicero (N.D. Ill.), United States and Oxford House Inc. v. Town of Garner, North Carolina, and the Town of Garner Board of Adjustment (E.D.N.C.). The Division's investigation revealed that F & K had promulgated and posted a policy in its clubs prohibiting head coverings with the exception of cowboy hats and baseball caps. ), a Fair Housing Act election case. Tex. On November 5, 2019, the Court entered a consent order fully resolving the United States’ claims in United States v. Housing Authority of the City of Bridgeport, d/b/a Park City Communities (D. Conn.). To look up a housing case or scheduled event, use the search tools below. On June 28, 2000, the United States signed a settlement agreement with a real estate company settling our allegations that one of its former agents violated the Fair Housing Act on the basis of race by engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination in the sale of a dwelling. Please contact the City Manager for questions concerning regulations. Mich.). The lawsuit seeks a court order directing the defendants to retrofit these buildings to make them accessible to people with disabilities, to make changes to policies and procedures, and to compensate individuals who suffered discrimination due to the inaccessible conditions. The court reasoned that granting USAA's request "would render the FHA anti-discrimination provision a nullity and unenforceable where a federal savings and loan institution discriminated" and "would frustrate the antidiscrimination enforcement scheme intended by Congress." The case was referred to the Division after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received a complaint, conducted an investigation, and issued a charge of discrimination. United States v. Sleepy Hollow Estate, Inc. United States v. Tunica County School District (N.D. The allegations were based on evidence generated by the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan. Also, the Boston Housing Court offers mediation through trained specialists and legal help through the Lawyer for the Day Program. The engaging in any management duties at the Auburn property and a single family home. ), United States v. Erie Insurance Co. Tex. Fla.), which alleges that Advocate Law Groups of Florida, P.A., Jon B. Lindeman Jr., and Ephigenia K. Lindeman discriminated because of national origin in violation of the Fair Housing Act by targeting Hispanic homeowners for a predatory mortgage modification and foreclosure rescue scheme. The decree will remain in effect for three years. The consent decree will remain in effect for three years. On September 14, 2007, the court entered a consent decree resolving United States and Spears v. Perlick Family Trust (E.D. 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