U.S. Department of Justice Files Suit Against New Hampshire Housing Provider

The United States Department of Justice filed a complaint in United States v. MSM Brothers, Inc. d/b/a White Cliffs at Dover (D. N.H.). The complaint alleges that the defendants discriminated on the basis of familial status in violation of the Fair Housing Act by limiting the ability of families with children to rent anything other than first-floor apartments. The HUD 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. This policy was corroborated by the New Hampshire Legal Assistance Fair Housing Project. 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.  CLICK HERE to read the complaint.