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Lawsuit Filed Against Apartment Complex for Racial Discrimination
Here is another example of a recent Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
On Friday, July 19, 2010, the DOJ filed a lawsuit against the owner, management company and former manager of Summerhill Place Apartments (a 268-unit apartment complex located in Renton, Washington) for violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin and familial status in the rental of apartments. Summerhill Place Apartments consists of five separate buildings. Buildings 1-4 each have approximately 55 apartments. Building 5 has approximately 48 apartments.
The lawsuit alleges that the defendants steered Indian tenants away from one of the five buildings at Summerhill Place Apartments, treated tenants from India less favorably than other tenants, and discouraged African-Americans, Hispanics and families with children from living at Summerhill.
According to the lawsuit, two Summerhill Place Apartments employees contacted the King County Office of Civil Rights (“KCOCR”) in 2007, and reported/complained of discriminatory housing practices at Summerhill Place Apartments. The ... more
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