Fair Housing Act Settlement Agreement

The Department of Justice recently announced that a rental property manager in and around Harrisonburg, Va., along with the real estate owners, will pay US$335,000 to settle charges that the manager sexually harassed several female residents and was discriminated against in apartments… The Department of Justice recently announced that it has filed a lawsuit against a Staten Island, N.Y. real estate company and its former owner, who accuse African Americans of discrimination in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act when they offer rental housing. The trial is based on… On July 25, 2016, the court passed an order of approval in the United States and consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. BancorpSouth Bank (N.D. Miss.). The complaint filed on June 29, 2016 argues that the Memphis MSA bank practiced a redlining model or practice; discrimination on the basis of race when setting prices and underwriting mortgages from the Community banking department; and the implementation of a discriminatory credit policy or practice to more quickly deny minority applications as assimilated white applicants in their mortgage department, in violation of ECOA and FHA. The authorization order requires the bank to change its pricing and insurance policies, establish a monitoring program, train employees on fair housing and credit, extend credit offers to unduly denied applicants, and open a new full-service subsidiary or credit processing office (OPL) in a very minority neighbourhood, including in the event of emergency assistance. The contract also includes a $2.78 million resolution fund to address price and insurance discrimination for aggrieved borrowers; a $4 million grant program to extend mortgage loans to MSA-eligible applicants in Memphis; A minimum of US$800,000 for advertising, public relations and community partnerships; and a $3 million fine against the GFPB.

On March 5, 2008, we made a joint statement on appropriate changes to the Fair Housing Act with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Joint Declaration provides technical assistance in a number of questions and answers regarding the rights and obligations of persons with disabilities and housing providers in connection with the appropriate changes and is available online at www.justice.gov/crt/about/hce/documents/reasonable_modifications_mar08.pdf. In 2004, we issued a joint statement on adequate accommodation with HUD, which will provide technical assistance in relation to adequate housing under the Fair Housing Act. It is available online at www.justice.gov/crt/about/hce/jointstatement_ra.pdf. HUD recently announced that it had approved an agreement between the owner and rental property managers in California and a couple who claimed that apartment providers refused to rent them a two-bedroom apartment because they have three children. As part of the colony, housing providers… On September 14, 2017, the United States reached a settlement agreement to dissolve the United States against the Housing Authority of the City of Anderson (S.D. Ind.).

The complaint, also filed on September 14, 2017, argues that the AHA exercised a model or practice of discriminating and/or denying rights to occupants of their public housing units because of their gender and disability.