Federal Lawsuit Filed Against a West Palm Beach Landlord

Beaches' (FHC), Litigation Coordinator, Michael F. Amezaga Esq., has filed a federal lawsuit against a West Palm Beach landlord for discriminating against a mother with a minor child. The lawsuit, filed against Bartley Kennedy, alleges that the landlord would not rent an apartment to the mother in violation of the Fair Housing Act. 

After reading an advertisement for a one bedroom apartment in the local newspaper, the complainant called Kennedy to inquire about the unit. During their telephone conversation the complainant mentioned to Kennedy that she had a three year old son. Both Kennedy and the complainant agreed to meet at the premises that evening. Kennedy however, called the complainant before the meeting and stated that he would not rent the apartment to her because of the child. In addition, Kennedy later stated in a letter, the apartment was no place for a child. He further stated that the apartment is small, is meant for one person, and is not suitable for young children.

“In a period of an affordable housing crisis, we will continue to fight for the rights of our children, stated Bobbie Fletcher, FHC Vice President. The lawsuit is a part of the Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches' year long offensive to stop housing discrimination against families with children. The FHC is the first and only full service and broad-based, non-profit fair housing agency in Palm Beach County and is a member of the National Fair Housing Alliance. 

Anyone who has been denied housing because of the presence of children should call the FHC’s toll-free hotline at 1-877-910-FAIR.