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HUD Accuses Landlord Of Disability Discrimination

HUD accuses the landlord of disability discrimination and denying the accommodation to the tenant.

September 28, 2023

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has charged Lakeview Avenue, LLC in Rensselaer, New York, and its employees with violating the Fair Housing Act. The charges stem from Lakeview’s refusal to grant a tenant’s request for a disability-related accommodation to keep an assistance animal and for retaliating against the tenant for making this request.

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based on disability such as not giving accommodations and interfering with tenant’s rights. 

HUD charge says that a housing provider refused to allow a tenant with her disabled child and an assistance animal into the unit. Despite providing the medical documentation regarding the requirement of an assistance animal, the housing provider denied the accommodation and imposed discriminatory conditions. Besides this, the tenant also got a notice to vacant the housing unit and move to another place. 

HUD’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Demetria L. McCain said, “Individuals should not be confronted with obstacles when they try to access the safeguards offered under the Fair Housing Act. HUD is committed to vigorously enforcing the Act to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities.”

HUD’s charge will be heard by the U.S. Administrative Law Judge unless any party chooses to get the case heard in the federal court. If the judge finds out that the discrimination has taken place, then he may award damages to the individual. The judge may also order other relief to prevent the discrimination further. Civil penalties can also be imposed by the Judge. 

Likewise, people who believe they have been the victim of discrimination can reach out to HUD and file a complaint. 

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Department of Housing and Urban Development. “HUD Charges Landlord with Disability Discrimination”. Department of Housing and Urban Development, September 25, 2023, 

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Last Updated: September 20, 2021