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HUD Along With Oregon Housing Providers To Settle Claim Alleging Disability Discrimination

Kyew Patton and Bob Cave were said to have violated the Fair Housing Act by denying housing to people based on disability.

September 1, 2023

Kye Patton and Bob Cave, owner and manager of a duplex apartment in Salem, Oregon, will pay $17,000 under a Consent Order to resolve Fair Housing Act allegations. The Women accused them of violating the Fair Housing Act by denying a reasonable accommodation request to live with her assistance animals.

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based on disability, age, gender, national origin, and sex. The discrimination based on disability includes denying rent to a person because of his disability, not giving reasonable accommodations, or subjecting tenants to discriminatory terms and conditions.

HUD’s Deputy Assistant Secretary Demetria L. McCain said, “When a person with disabilities is denied an assistance animal, they are denied equal use and enjoyment of their homes. HUD will continue to work earnestly to ensure that persons with disabilities are not discriminated against.”

HUD filed a charge on February 10, 2023, alleging that Patton and Cave violated the Fair Housing Act because they denied the reasonable accommodation request to waive a no-pet policy to allow her cat and dog to alleviate the symptoms of her disabilities.

The respondents denied the request by saying that they’ll not be changing their rental policy and they can look for another suitable place to live. They refuse to accept animals of any kind and can give a good rental reference if required. Having no other alternative, the complainant vacated the property and moved to a different property where she could live with her assistance animals.

HUD’s General Carousel Damon Smith said, “The Fair Housing Act requires housing providers to make reasonable exceptions to their ordinary policies when necessary for individuals with disabilities to live with their assistance animals. A housing provider’s refusal to do so is a serious violation of the law.”

The matter was voluntarily resolved by the HUD, the complainant, and the respondents before the administrative law judge.

The terms of the consent order include that the respondents will have to pay $17000 to the complainant, develop new accommodation, and maintain records of the reasonable accommodation requests they receive. The respondents agreed to settle the matter.

Likewise, individuals who believe they have experienced discrimination can file a complaint to HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development. “HUD, Oregon Housing Providers Settle Claim Alleging Disability Discrimination”. Department of Housing and Urban Development, August 22, 2023,
HUD, Oregon Housing Providers Settle Claim Alleging Disability Discrimination | / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Last Updated: September 20, 2021