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    Service Animals

    “After being diagnosed with depression, my doctor prescribed an emotional support animal.  My landlord will allow me to have a cat but says I have to pay an extra deposit and additional rent.”

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    Steering

    “We found a house we really liked in a great neighborhood.  At the open house, the agent said that this neighborhood might not be a good fit and offered to show us homes where she thought we would be more comfortable.”

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  • Familial Status

    Familial Status

    “I called to ask about an apartment.  The property manager invited me to come look at it.  When she saw me, she said there was nothing available.”

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  • Reasonable Modifications

    Reasonable Modifications

    “Since my stroke, I can’t get around like I used to.  I asked my landlord if I could install a ramp and he said no.”

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Combating Sexual Harassment in Housing

The Sexual Harassment in Housing Initiative is an effort to combat sexual harassment in housing led by the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. The goal of the Initiative is to address sexual harassment by landlords, property managers, maintenance workers, loan officers or other people who have control over housing. If you or someone you know has been sexually harassed by someone connected to housing, contact us to tell us about this experience.

On April 11, 1968—seven days after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—President Lyndon Johnson signed into law Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, commonly known as the Fair Housing Act. The legislation was co-sponsored by then-Senators Edward Brooke and Walter Mondale and advanced an ambitious and progressive vision: to eliminate housing discrimination and residential segregation in this country. As envisioned, the Fair Housing Act is an important tool for achieving both justice and equity. In signing the bill, President Johnson proclaimed: “At long last, fair housing for all is now a part of the American way of life. We have come some of the way—not near all of it.

The United States filed a complaint in United States v. Chad David Ables, d/b/a Pops Cove (W.D. Tenn.), alleging that defendants violated the Fair Housing Act on the basis of sex by subjecting two female HUD complainants to sexual harassment.

On December 20, 2018, the United States filed a complaint in United States v. Chad David Ables, d/b/a Pops Cove (W.D. Tenn.), alleging that defendants violated the Fair Housing Act on the basis of sex by subjecting two female HUD complainants to sexual harassment. The case was referred to the Division after the Department of Housing and Urban Development(…)

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The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the October 27, 2017 jury verdict of $43,500 in favor of the United States in United States v. DeRaffele (D. Mass.).

On January 18, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the October 27, 2017 jury verdict of $43,500 in favor of the United States in United States v. DeRaffele (D. Mass.). The complaint, which was filed on May 31, 2016 and amended on October 24, 2016,  alleged that the owner of a four-unit rental(…)

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United States entered into a settlement agreement with one of the defendants in United States v. The Home Loan Auditors (N.D. Cal.).

On January 28, 2019, the United States entered into a settlement agreement with one of the defendants in United States v. The Home Loan Auditors (N.D. Cal.), a Fair Housing Act case.  This follows settlement agreements against other defendants on August 2, August 21, November 2, and December 6, 2018.  Under the terms of the settlements, the defendants(…)

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HUD Charges Wisconsin Landlords with Discriminating Against Families with Children

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently charged Chuck and Lynn Hietpas, the owners of a three-bedroom duplex in Kaukauna, WI, with discrimination for refusing to rent to a family because they have children.. The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to deny or limit housing because a family has(…)

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HUD Files Housing Discrimination Complaint Against Facebook

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced a formal complaint against Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act by allowing landlords and home sellers to use its advertising platform to engage in housing discrimination. HUD claims Facebook enables advertisers to control which users receive housing-related ads based upon the recipient’s race,(…)

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