Craigslist CLEARED of Fair Housing complaint

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Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

As a frequent poster to Craigslist for rental properties and a frequent "flagger" for discriminatory ads, I am glad to see that the suit from several Chicago area attorneys has been dismissed. 

Craigslist is an electronic bulletin board * they do not write or even proofread the ads that are posted UNLIKE the faceless print media classified voices or e-mail addresses that we use to insert print media ads.

I have seen numerous discriminatory ads for my area on Craigslist and it is these individual landlords that need the attention of Fair Housing agencies rather than the 800 lb gorilla in the Bay Area....unfortunately, there is little or no  potential for media attention on individual landlord complaints so it is more likely that these "big splash" cases will continue to be filed in an attempt to extort $$$ for the agencies tasked with investigating and filing these complaints....KUDOS to Craigslist for hanging in there!!!

 

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Wallace S. Gibson is a Certified Property Manager with over 50 years of property management experience and expertise.  She maintains a specialized property management business in Central Virginia serving Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna and Louisa counties  

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Comments (4)

Realty Station, Real Estate and Property Management, Kitsap County, WA
Realty Station Inc. - Bremerton, WA
It really wouldn't take much of Fair Housing's considerable finances to choose one area to make an example of and go after lots of the little guys.  It wouldn't take much to get the point across, rather than going after something like Craigslist
Mar 15, 2008 04:06 PM
Brian Kreick
Willinger Real Estate - Wenatchee, WA
They are able to automatically ban a few ads but not that much.  I don't see how you can hold them responsibility for what someone else posts.
Mar 26, 2008 03:13 AM
Manhattan Kansas Property Management Homes For Rent
BCL Properties-Manhattan, KS - Manhattan, KS

Fair Housing laws are good thing but I don't like to see these laws extorted for $$. 

Mar 28, 2008 01:55 PM
Robert Machado
HomePointe Property Management, CRMC - Sacramento, CA
CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management
Craigslist works and that makes them a target.  It would not surprise me if a competitor was involved in that suit.
Mar 31, 2008 05:08 PM