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HUD Approves Settlement Between California Reinvestment Coalition and CIT Bank dba OneWest Bank Resolving Allegations of Discriminatory Redlining

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced July 29, 2019, that it has approved a Conciliation Agreement between the California Reinvestment Coalition and CIT Group, Inc., and CIT Bank, N.A., dba OneWest Bank, resolving allegations that the bank engaged in lending discrimination by “redlining” in the Los Angeles region. Read the agreement.(…)

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HUD CHARGES TEXAS LANDLORDS WITH RACE DISCRIMINATION

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced July 10, 2019, that it is charging Plano, Texas, landlords Quang Dangtran and his wife, Ha Nguyen, with violating the Fair Housing Act by refusing to lease a room to a prospective tenant because she is black. Read HUD’s charge. The Fair Housing Act makes it(…)

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HUD Approves Settlement Between Puerto Rico Public Housing Authority and Residents Who Alleged Disability Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has negotiated an agreement between the Puerto Rico Public Housing Authority (PRPHA) and residents of the housing authority that have disabilities. Read the Voluntary Compliance/Conciliation Agreement. The agreement resolves allegations that the El Trebol public housing development was inaccessible to persons with disabilities(…)

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The United States filed a complaint in United States v. Nelson (S.D. Cal.), alleging a pattern or practice of sexual harassment in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

On June 11, 2019, the United States filed a complaint in United States v. Nelson (S.D. Cal.), alleging a pattern or practice of sexual harassment in violation of the Fair Housing Act.  The complaint alleges that Nelson, who owns and manages at least two four-unit rental properties in the San Diego, California area, engaged in a pattern or practice(…)

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HUD Kicks off Fair Housing Month- Launches Anti-Sexual Harassment and Training Initiative

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched a special campaign and training initiative to help protect people from harassment by landlords, property managers, and maintenance workers in HUD-assisted housing. “The Call HUD: Because Sexual Harassment in Housing is Illegal” campaign will increase the Department’s efforts to educate the public about what behaviors(…)

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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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Proposed Changes to HUD Disparate Impact Rule Would Create New Burden-Shifting Framework to Reflect Inclusive Communities

An article from the National Law Review states: “The Department of Housing and Urban Development is expected to soon release proposed revisions to its 2013 rule under which HUD or a private plaintiff can establish liability under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) for discriminatory practices based on disparate impact even if there is no discriminatory(…)

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HUD Announces Agreement With California Housing Providers Resolving Allegations of Discrimination Against Family

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it has approved a Conciliation Agreement with a Modesto, California, rental property owner and his management company, Tri-Tal Realty, resolving allegations that they refused to rent a unit to a couple because they have three children. Read the agreement. The Fair Housing Act makes(…)

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Justice Department Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against New London Landlords

The Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have filed a lawsuit in the District of Connecticut alleging that female tenants and applicants of residential rental properties in and around New London, Connecticut, were subjected to sexual harassment, coercion, intimidation and threats, in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. The lawsuit alleges that from(…)

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Federal Court Holds Tenant-Screening Services must Comply with Fair Housing Act

In a landmark civil rights decision, the Connecticut federal District Court established for the first time that consumer reporting agencies must comply with the Fair Housing Act when conducting tenant-screening services for landlords. The decision in Connecticut Fair Housing Center et al. v. CoreLogic Rental Property Solutions, LLC, which the Center filed with the National(…)

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National Fair Housing Alliance Settles Lawsuit with Facebook: Transforms Facebook’s Ad Platform Impacting Millions of Users

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio (FHCGSA), Fair Housing Justice Center of New York (FHJC), and Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. of Miami (HOPE, Inc.), collectively the “Fair Housing Groups,” settled an historic lawsuit with Facebook that will drive unprecedented and sweeping changes across its advertising platform.(…)

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