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A tenant says that she is being singled out unfairly by her landlord because she drives a hearse. According to a report, she also sports a shiny black casket on her balcony. The woman’s family told reporters they feel their daughter, who suffers from a spinal condition that makes it easy for her to fall, is being…

A measure that would have required New Hampshire landlords to accept Section 8 vouchers was defeated in the state’s legislature. According to a news report,  as lawmakers debated the measure, a number of landlords raised concerns over increased regulation, including requirements that properties be updated to meet the federal housing program’s standards. Ultimately, the bill…

Latino renters experience discrimination 42% of the time, according to a new report. The Equal Rights Center, a national non-profit civil rights organization, and The National Council of La Raza, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States unveiled the results of a testing-based investigation documenting adverse and differential treatment…

HUD announced this week that it has charged the owners of two apartment buildings in North Arlington, New Jersey, with violating the Fair Housing Act for allegedly denying rental opportunities to African Americans. According to the charge, the landlords refused to show apartments to or return the calls of a prospective tenant after learning that…

Study finds decline in blatant discrimination while unequal treatment persists Blatant acts of housing discrimination faced by minority homeseekers continue to decline in the U.S., yet more subtle forms of housing denial stubbornly persist, according to a new summary study released this week by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Urban…

A Holyoke, Massachusetts landlord will serve time after he was found guilty of civil rights violations against his tenants. The man was sentenced to one year in jail, and will serve six months with the balance suspended for one year. The verdict follows a two day trial. In addition to jail time, the landlord was…

The Justice Department just reached an agreement with a nationwide residential property management firm headquartered in Dallas, resolving claims that the company violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). A lawful, permanent resident alleged that after working for the company for three years, staff improperly demanded that he produce an unexpired lawful permanent resident card,…

As a new year approaches, it is time to review leasing policies and strategies to maximize the profitability of your rental business. Here are some landlord resolutions to consider: 1. Send delinquent rent files out for collection. Don’t allow tenants to get away with not paying rent. With Rent Recovery Service’s flat fee option, for a…

Where are you from? Seems a harmless question, but as one Boston-area property manager recently discovered, it can be toxic. A housing court ordered him to pay $10,000 to the tenant for her emotional distress, a civil penalty of $7,500 for a first offense, $31,793.97 in attorney’s fees and $12,473.92 in costs. That’s because Massachusetts…

Two landlords in Buffalo, New York have agreed to settle allegations that their rental policies, including several ads placed on Craigslist, were discriminatory. New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the settlements this week. According to Schneiderman’s office, the landlords violated city and state prohibitions against denying housing based on source of income. These laws…

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