Agreement reached in housing discrimination case

July 16, 2010
Terry Mislap sensed that something was not right when a rental apartment employee told her that, even though she had a Section 8 voucher that allowed for a two-bedroom apartment, she was required to rent a larger, more expensive unit.
     Similarly, Donna Karyzik’s experience, when she attempted to rent a three-bedroom apartment for her family of four, did not meet the “smell test.”
     Both women were referred to HOPE, Inc., a Miami non-profit housing organization, which joined the women and two other plaintiffs in a 2005 housing discrimination lawsuit against Cornerstone Residential Management, Inc.
     The prominent affordable housing developer is also the property manager for over 7,500 affordable housing units in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
     The complaint alleged that Cornerstone was violating federal housing discrimination laws that do not allow restrictions on the number of people per bedroom in an apartment.