Came across this shocking piece in Ohio’s Star Beacon.
In October, an elderly Ohio landlord was ordered to pay $22,000 in damages for alleged housing discrimination practices at a rental property that she owns. The whole things started with a $100 security deposit that the landlord, Helen Grybosky, requested from a potential renter with a “therapy dog.”
Here’s the kicker. There was no bona fide renter or therapy dog. The inquiry was made by a tester hired with a federal grant provided to the Fair Housing Resource Center by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Read the piece here: http://starbeacon.com/local/x503826604/Landlords-targeted-by-discrimination-testers
Denying or rejecting an applicant on the basis of the colour of their skin, their religion, or their sexual orientation is wrong – and can cost landlords. Clearly the federal government is cracking down on these kinds of cases and is clearly attempting to educate landlords on the rules. What do you think?