A landlord in Atlanta last week agreed to pay $10,000 to a tenant who says the landlord’s policies were discriminatory.
The tenant had asked to be transferred to a ground floor unit to accommodate a disability. Although a unit became available, the landlord’s agent failed to approve the transfer.
The tenant filed a claim with HUD, which accused the landlord of violating the Fair Housing Act.
According to a statement released by HUD, the tenant provided the agent with documentation from her doctor verifying her disability and the need to move to a ground-floor unit, but they denied her request even though a ground-floor unit was available.
Under the agreement, the landlord will pay the tenant $10,000 and inform all of their agents and employees, including officers and board members, of the terms of the agreement. In addition, prior to December 31, 2012, all management staff must attend HUD-approved Fair Housing training.
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