1998

1998 issues of The Advocate

Maryland developers pay $75,000 for inaccessible condos

The designers and builders of Falls Gable Condominiums, a development near Baltimore, Maryland, have agreed to pay $75,000 to settle claims that they did not comply with the accessibility guidelines of the Fair Housing Act. Part of the settlement will be used to allow the owners of ground-floor units to retrofit their condominiums to meet accessibility guidelines. Some of the settlement money will also go toward making the common areas of the complex accessible.

BNI saw flaws in design of complex

The lawsuit, filed by Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.

First Arizona advertising case settled for $90,000


In February, an Arizona landlord accused of illegally discriminating against families withchildren and a newspaper that published ads for the landlord's complex agreed to a $90,000settlement. The settlement ended a federal complaint filed by the Tucson-based SouthernArizona Housing Center and the Bajus family.

The settlement is reportedly the firstfair housing settlement reached with an Arizona newspaper accused of running ads violatingthe Fair Housing Act's 1988 amendments.

Grand Rapids complexes pay $180,000 in race/family case

An owner and former resident manager of a Grand Rapids, Michigan, apartment complex willpay $180,000 in damages for allegedly refusing to rent to African Americans and familieswith children, under an agreement reached with the Justice Department.

Manageragreed to move out of the complex and never work there again

The April agreement, which resolves the first housing discrimination suit everbrought by the Justice Department in Grand Rapids, also requires the former manager tomove out of the complex and never work there in any capacity again.

DC area complexes pay $425,000 in family/occupancy case

In March, Kay Management Company, a Washington, D.C. area apartment management company,agreed to set up a $250,000 fund to repay any family that may have been discriminatedagainst by the company's occupancy limits at seven of its apartments in the Washingtonarea. The fund, which will pay damages to people who tried to rent apartments or who wereevicted, is part of a huge $425,000 settlement agreement reached with the Fair HousingCouncil of Greater Washington.

Kay Management also agreed to pay $150,000 to the FairHousing Council.

HUD garners huge settlements from two Texas lenders

Just weeks after announcing a record-breaking mortgage lending settlement with three Texasbanks, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has struck again. In Marchand April, HUD negotiated the highest settlement of mortgage lending discriminationallegations in history with one lender and a $42.5 million settlement with another.

Thelarger settlement, reached in late March, is a conciliation agreement signed by AccuBancMortgage Corporation which targets $2.1 billion in mortgages to minorities and low andmoderate income families to enable them to become homeowners.

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