Detroit Lakes landlord hit with $44,000 fine for discriminating against mentally disabled

June 05, 2016
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that a HUD administrative law judge ruled against a northern Minnesota landlord charged with refusing to rent an apartment to prospective tenants because of their disabilities. Landlord Deane Woodard of Detroit Lakes was ordered to pay $27,000 to one woman, a $16,000 civil penalty, and $1,000 in other court sanctions.
     The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale or rental of a dwelling on the basis of disability. Housing providers may not refuse to rent to persons with disabilities.