Housing Discrimination and Title III, ADA
Housing discrimination is prohibited by both federal and state law and includes, among other acts:
- Refusal to sell or rent after the making of a bona fide offer, or to refuse to negotiate for the sale or rental of, or otherwise make unavailable or deny, a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin;
- Discrimination against any person in the terms, conditions, or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection therewith, because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin;
- Making, printing, or publishing, or cause to be made, printed, or published any notice, statement, or advertisement, with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination;
- Representing to any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin that any dwelling is not available for inspection, sale, or rental when such dwelling is in fact so available;
- For profit, to induce or attempt to induce any person to sell or rent any dwelling by representations regarding the entry or prospective entry into the neighborhood of a person or persons of a particular race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin; and,
- Discrimination in the sale or rental, or to otherwise make unavailable or deny, a dwelling to any buyer or renter because of a handicap of that buyer or renter, a person residing in or intending to reside in that dwelling after it is so sold, rented, or made available; or any person associated with that buyer or renter.
It is important to retain counsel as early as possible when faced with a claim of housing discrimination since administrative claims often are followed by lawsuits. An adverse ruling can expose management companies and owners to compensatory and punitive damages awards as well as payment of the claimant’s attorneys fees and costs. Our firm counsels management companies and owners who wish to avoid, or are confronted by, housing discrimination claims. We also represent and counsel companies which own or operate facilities that qualify as “public accommodations” under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We have extensive experience litigating housing discrimination and Title III lawsuits in federal and state courts. We welcome the opportunity to review your housing policies and practices before a problem arises.
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