Fair housing group sues property owner, manager

December 22, 2010
A fair housing advocate group has sued the owner and manager of several properties in Greater Hartford, alleging that they refused to rent to people who receive disability benefits or use state assistance programs.
     The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Hartford, charges that Paul Rosow, the owner of the properties, and Robert Kozikowski, the manager, discriminated against prospective tenants based on their source of income. Both men rejected people who tried to use Section 8 housing vouchers or Social Security benefits to pay their security deposits or rent, according to the suit. They also turned away those who couldn't prove they had been employed for at least six months.
     "By requiring all applicants to be working for a period of at least six months, the defendants intentionally discriminate against individuals with disabilities who are unable to work," the suit states.