HUD charges Wisconsin landlords with Fair Housing violation

October 14, 2015
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced on Oct. 14 that it is charging the owner and managers of an apartment complex in Cross Plains with violating the Fair Housing Act for failing to take action to stop several tenants from harassing a neighbor, who has cerebral palsy, and her daughter with Down’s syndrome.
     The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful for a housing manager or owner to fail to fulfill a duty to correct and end the harassment of one tenant by another, when that harassment is based on race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin or, as was the case here, disability.
     The Fair Housing Act also makes it unlawful to interfere with any person’s right to enjoy their home.
     “A person’s home should be where they feel the greatest level of comfort — not anguish and fear because of being subjected to humiliating and degrading comments,” said Gustavo Velasquez, HUD assistant secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “Harassing a person because of their disability is not only disturbing, it is illegal.”