Legal Aid of North Carolina settled housing discrimination complaints with the builders, architects and owners of five apartment complexes, including two in Forsyth County, according to a news release Tuesday.
The Legal Aid’s Fair Housing Project filed the complaints with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, saying that the five apartment complexes were not accessible to people who have disabilities. That, the complaints alleged, made the apartment complexes out of compliance with the federal Fair Housing Act.
The Fair Housing Project filed the complaints with HUD in 2017 after the agency performed what it called accessibility testing, which uncovered the alleged violations, according to the news release.
The Fair Housing Project found alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act accessibility requirements in individual ground floor units and in common and public use areas, the news release said. The companies denied the allegations, Legal Aid officials said.
The modifications include providing accessible routes to certain buildings within the apartment units, replacing hardware on entrance doors and on interior doors, retrofitting kitchens, bathrooms and other areas of the apartment complexes to make them more accessible to people with disabilities, reassigning mailboxes and making changes in access to playgrounds, pool areas, volleyball and tennis courts, dog parks and other recreation areas.