Friday, July 27, 2012

USDOJ: Justice Department Settles Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Related to Senior Housing in Santa Rosa, California

 The Justice Department today announced an agreement with a California municipality and a homeowners’ association to resolve allegations of discrimination on the basis of familial status in violation of the Fair Housing Act.  The settlement, in the form of a consent order, must be approved by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
 
The department’s lawsuit, which was filed on Nov. 21, 2011, alleged that the city of Santa Rosa, Calif., and La Esplanada Unit 1 Owners’ Association, a homeowners’ association, unlawfully sought to restrict residency at a housing development to seniors aged 55 and older. While the law allows an exemption for senior housing, the suit alleged that neither the city nor the homeowners’ association took the steps, such as routine age-verification, necessary to qualify for an exemption to the Fair Housing Act .

USDOJ: Justice Department Settles Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Related to Senior Housing in Santa Rosa, California

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