DOJ reaches settlement in Fair Housing Act suit

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a settlement with Warren Properties Inc. which manages 85 properties with more than 11,000 housing units in 15 states. The case involved a person with a mobility impairment who asked to move to a first floor apartment. The request was denied and the person was hurt when he fell down the stairs. Under the consent decree, the defendants must pay $1,195,000 to compensate the tenant, along with an additional $55,000 in fees and costs to the government. The defendants must hire a reasonable accommodation facilitator to handle requests for reasonable accommodations in all of its properties. The defendants must also attend fair housing training, implement a non-discrimination policy, and comply with notice, monitoring and reporting requirements. To read DOJ’s press release, see http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2010/December/10-crt-1482.html