Mansfield fair housing group looking into discrimination claim

July 29, 2009
The city's Fair Housing Commission is investigating the owner of a Mansfield trailer park who admitted on videotape he doesn't rent to African-Americans.
     "There's plenty of trash in Mansfield I could fill these (rental lots) with tomorrow. But that wouldn't make any sense. Nine out of 10 landlords would've done that," Sunnyview Estates owner Jeff McKay said on a surveillance video recorded last week. Afterward, he used a racial epithet to describe blacks.
     McKay's comment occurred during an unrelated argument with Brian Maglott, a tenant in the 46-parcel mobile home park off West Fourth Street. Maglott said he keeps video cameras rolling to deter flower thieves.
     Refusing to rent, lease or sell real estate to anyone based on race is a violation of federal law.