CA families receive $130,000 and permanent injunction in federal “no kids outside” suit

A condominium association and its management company that allegedly prohibited children from playing outside at their Pico Rivera, California homes, will pay $130,000 to resolve a federal lawsuit. The court also issued a permanent injunction against rules that unduly restrict children’s activities.

The Housing Rights Center, along with Adele Samorano and seventeen other Plaintiffs, sued the condominium association and property management company, Baldwin Management, in federal court in August 2001. The complaint asserted Defendants discriminated on the basis of familial status in the operation of the 56-unit townhouse complex. Specifically, Defendants enforced a rule prohibiting children from playing in the complex’s common areas.

According to written rules and notices, the common areas included grass-covered yards and balconies. Judge Percy Anderson signed a Consent Decree under which the Defendants must enroll in a two year program of training for all key management staff and the board CA families receive $130,000 and permanent injunction in federal “no kids outside” suit members of the Rivera Townhomes owners association.

“We’re all thrilled with this Consent Decree,” said Samorano. “Our children are now playing outside, free from fears about harassment or fines. Our homes and community are now healthy environments for all of us.”

Plaintiffs’ attorney Gary Rhoades said the case was not unusual in Los Angeles. “Dozens of families from cities throughout Los Angeles County are reporting to HRC these cases where rules trap their children indoors. Each case involves landlords, managers, or board members who failed to get fair housing training.”

The Plaintiffs were represented by Gary Rhoades and Danielle Jones from HRC.

Housing Rights Center v. Rivera Townhomes et al.
Case No. CV 02-5163PA (C.D. Cal. Feb. 2003 )
The Honorable Percy Anderson, U.S. District Judge
Complaint filed: August 2001
Consent Order approved by Court: February 2003