Landlord Fined For Misrepresenting Availability of Apartments

A Mt. Washington, Kentucky landlord has agreed to pay $22,000 to resolve allegations that he discriminated against African-Americans and children.

In a federal lawsuit, the Department of Justice alleged that the landlord lied to some apartment seekers about the availability of apartments based on race and familial status, both violations of the Fair Housing Act.

The landlord was also accused of making statements indicating a preference for no children in second floor apartments.

Much of the evidence gathered by the government came from testers posing as renters.

In addition to the fine, the landlord is prohibited from further acts of discrimination and must undergo fair housing training.

Housing discrimination based on race and against families with children remains a persistent problem. said Jocelyn Samuels, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Departments Civil Rights Division. The Justice Department will continue its vigorous enforcement of fair housing laws that protect the rights of individuals and families to live where they choose free from discrimination.

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