Fair Housing Council Reaches Settlement Agreement in Family Status Testing Case

Valley
1020 N. Fair Oaks
Pasadena CA 91103

Contact:  Gary Rhoades, Director of Litigation
626-791-0211
July 17, 2001

The owners of a Covina, California apartment complex have agreed to pay $27,000 and participate in a comprehensive fair housing program to resolve a complaint filed with the Fair Housing Council of San Gabriel Valley in Pasadena. Agnes Torres filed a fair housing complaint with the Fair Housing Council of San Gabriel Valley against Jerry and Carmella DeAngelo. The DeAngelos owned and operated an apartment complex in Covina.

The Torres family claimed that they attempted to rent an apartment in the complex, but were denied pursuant to a rule prohibiting children. After sending several pairs of testers to the property, the Fair Housing Council sent a demand letter to the DeAngelos. In settlement of the Torres claims, the DeAngelos agreed to pay the Torres family $27,000. Under a settlement agreement, they also agreed to participate in fair housing training, advertising, and display of poster. The Torres family was represented by Danielle Jones and Gary Rhoades, attorneys with the Fair Housing Council and Fernando Olguin of Traber, Voorhees & Olguin of Pasadena, The DeAngelos were represented by Robert Risbrough of Watten, Discoe, Bassett & Mc Mains.