1996

1996 issues of The Advocate

Queens Co-op Told to Accommodate the Disabled

In two rulings interpreting the federal Fair Housing Act, a New York appellate court has decided that a Queens co-op must make reasonable alterations to common areas for its disabled residents. In another ruling the court also held that a Queens landl ord did not discriminate against Orthodox Jews when it installed electronic locks on its buildings' entrances. Both cases were reported in the September 1, 1994 New York Law Journal.

San Jose woman wins $126,000 over broken elevator

A pattern and practice lawsuit of unlawful housing discrimination against disabled persons in San Jose settled for $126,000 in January 1994. The lawsuit was brought by Lethia Hayes, a physically disabled resident of the Cypress Park Apartments, who used a heavy wheelchair and who could only access her apartment by using the apartment elevator.

A federal judge in California's Northern District approved the settlement. The settlement is said to be the second-largest in the country for alleged discrimination against a handicapped person in housing.

Disabled man wins rent-free apartment for life after being steered by Maryland apartment complex

The owners and managers of Wheaton Place Apartments in Silver Spring, Maryland, have agreed to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by Jack Wright, the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington and the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs. Wright is deaf, blind and has Usher's Syndrome.

Designers and builders of Illinois condominium complex settle inaccessibility claim for $35,000

The Justice Department and the US Attorney's Office in Chicago reached a settlement in the first lawsuit against an inaccessible condominium development in early June. The settlement calls for the designers and builders of Golfview Estates in Joliet, Illinois to pay $35,000 into a fund that can be used by tenants who wish to make their condominiums accessible.

California Woman Wins $60,000 and Right to Ramp

An out of court settlement of $60,000 for a woman in a wheelchair was reached after she filed a private lawsuit against the Homeowners Association of the Larkspur Isle Condominiums in Larkspur, California. The plaintiff decided to sue the Homeowners Association after they denied her the right to make reasonable modifications to her rental unit to accommodate her physical disability.

The woman had rented the apartment from the owner, Ecumenical Association for Housing.

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