Unfair rental policy costs company $60,000

June 08, 2011
A company that rents apartments is paying more than $60,000 in penalties for not renting to a woman with young children.
     The Department of Justice has entered into a consent decree with Testa Family Enterprises Ltd. LLC, resolving a complaint filed against the company alleging that it refused to rent apartments to families with small children.
     “This is an important case that sends the message that people with young children cannot be discriminated against when looking for housing,” United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steven Dettelbach said. “This case should be noted by landlords across Northern Ohio.”
     Under the terms of the agreement, Testa Family Enterprises will stop its discriminatory rental practices, pay $60,000 in penalties and company employees will undergo training on the provisions of the Fair Housing Act.