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HUD Charges Landlords in Georgia With Housing Discrimination After Denying Tenant To Keep Her Service Dog

HUD has accused the landlord in Georgia of discriminating against a tenant based on her disability.

February 29, 2024

Washington- The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made an announcement today that it is charging property management companies and property owners with discrimination against a tenant on the grounds of disability. HUD’s charge of discrimination alleges that the property owner refused to grant a reasonable accommodation when a hearing-impaired complainant requested to have her service dog assist her because of her disability.

HUD’s Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said, “HUD has a responsibility to protect tenants and ensure equal access to housing for all. We will always defend people who face discrimination as we work to end it.”

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination against individuals based on their disability, encompassing a refusal to rent to persons with disabilities, the failure to provide reasonable accommodations, and the imposition of discriminatory terms and conditions on tenants.

HUD’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Demetria L. McCain said, “Failing to provide a person who is deaf a reasonable accommodation is not only unacceptable, but it is also illegal disability discrimination. This charge demonstrates HUD’s commitment to ensuring that persons can enjoy their homes in a safe manner.”

HUD’s Charge of discrimination alleges that the property management company along with its employees prohibited a hearing-impaired resident from keeping her service dog inside the unit. Not only this, the property manager also refused to install a doorbell and smoke detector. Ultimately, the resident decided to move out of the unit.

HUD’s charge of discrimination will be heard by the United States Administrative Law Judge. If the judge finds out that the retaliation has occurred, the judge may choose to award the damages to the complainant. The Judge may also order other relief. Fines can also be imposed.

People can reach out to HUD or call the toll-free number if they feel that they have been the victim of housing discrimination.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development. “HUD Charges Georgia Landlords with Housing Discrimination After Denying Tenant with a Disability the Right to Keep Her Service Dog”. Department of Housing and Urban Development, February 29, 2024,
HUD Charges Georgia Landlords with Housing Discrimination After Denying Tenant with a Disability the Right to Keep Her Service Dog | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

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