Detroit Lakes, MN

Detroit Lakes landlord hit with $44,000 fine for discriminating against mentally disabled

June 05, 2016
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that a HUD administrative law judge ruled against a northern Minnesota landlord charged with refusing to rent an apartment to prospective tenants because of their disabilities. Landlord Deane Woodard of Detroit Lakes was ordered to pay $27,000 to one woman, a $16,000 civil penalty, and $1,000 in other court sanctions.
     The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale or rental of a dwelling on the basis of disability. Housing providers may not refuse to rent to persons with disabilities.

White landlords in Detroit Lakes who refused to rent to black woman

February 11, 2011
Two white landlords in northwestern Minnesota refused to rent one of their properties to "those kind of people" -- namely a black woman -- and must now pay her more than $25,000.
     Pearl Beck, 92, and her son, Gregory Beck, 51, both of Detroit Lakes, agreed to the penalty as part of a settlement filed in federal court Thursday in Minneapolis.
     Despite the agreement, the younger Beck contended Friday that government officials "were lied to" and "want to believe the minority because that's what they represent."

Minn. landlords sued for refusing to rent to African Americans

May 19, 2009
The federal government (HUD) is suing a Detroit Lakes woman and her son alleging they refused to rent to a woman because she is black, which is a violation of the Fair Housing Act.
     The lawsuit claims Pearl and Gregory Beck told the woman the duplex they own was available for rent and arranged a showing. When the Becks met the woman and her boyfriend, and saw that they were African American, Pearl Black allegedly said, "I'm not renting to these kind of people."
     When contacted by a lawyer Pearl Beck allegedly said if she rented to blacks, she'd lose other tenants.
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