Discrimination agreement reached in California

Posted on August 8, 2017


The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that it has approved a discrimination agreement between a Northern California fair housing organization and the owners and managers of two apartment complexes in Grennbae. The owners and agents were accused of disriminating against “against a female tenant with disabilities who requires an assistance animal.” As you know, the Fair Housing Act “prohibits housing providers from denying or limiting housing opportunities to persons with disabilities or imposing different rental terms and conditions. This includes refusing to make reasonable accommodations in policies or practices for people with disabilities.”

We’ve discussed this before on our blog. In our post, “Must love dogs.. cats and pythons, too,” we talked about emotional support animals and how there’s a difference between pets and assist animals. We also talked about what happened when a property refused to waive the pet fee for a disabled veteran’s emotional support animal.

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A homeless veteran and his dog. This is not the veteran in the story. Credit: Bev Lussier

“Landlords are required to provide a reasonable accommodation for individuals who require assistance animals,” said Bryan Greene, HUD General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “HUD is committed to make certain that landlords meet this obligation under the nation’s fair housing laws.”

As a result, the owners and managers must:

  • Pay the complainant $31,000 within 14 days
  • Pay the complainant another $41,000 within 14 days
  • Create and implement a written Reasonable Accommodation and Reasonable Modification Policy within 90 days
  • Notify all current tenants of the new policy within 90 days
  • And more…

Read more in the discrimination agreement.

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