Delap Real Estate of Northampton, landlords agree to settle fair housing discrimination allegations

December 22, 2015
A local real estate agency has agreed to settle allegations that the company and its agents violated the federal Fair Housing Act by discouraging families with children from renting over concerns that units might contain lead-based paint hazards, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Monday.
     Delap Real Estate LLC, at 158 North King St., and two area property owners will pay a combined $9,500 to the Housing Discrimination Project in Holyoke. Delap also has agreed to use the phrases “children welcome” or “family friendly” in all rental advertisements for the next year and to help develop a public service campaign about fair housing for radio broadcast, according to two settlement agreements approved by HUD.
     The agreements do not “constitute an admission by Respondents of any violation of any statute or regulation,” according to the documents, which also state that the agreements do not represent a finding of liability. Reached by the Gazette Monday, a co-owner of the agency and one property owner each said they had not engaged in any discriminatory practices.