HUD ORDERS WEST VIRGINIA LANDLORD TO PAY $34,000 FOR DISCRIMINATING AGAINST MAN WITH AUTISM AND HIS SISTER

HUD ORDERS WEST VIRGINIA LANDLORD TO PAY $34,000 FOR DISCRIMINATING AGAINST MAN WITH AUTISM AND HIS SISTER

WASHINGTON, DC – August 24, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — A West Virginia woman caring for her brother who has autism knew something was wrong when she tried to rent an apartment in Charleston from landlord Michael Corey in 2009. The landlord demanded that before he would sign a lease agreement, the woman must purchase a $1 million insurance policy to cover any damages or injuries caused by her brother and sign an agreement assuming all legal liability for her brother’s actions. In addition, the landlord required the woman to obtain a doctor’s note regarding her brother’s condition. The woman, believing she was being discriminated against, filed a fair housing complaint with HUD.

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws.

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Brian Sullivan
(202) 708-0685

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