HUD: Association Discriminated Against Families with Children

December 20, 2012
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An Edina, Minn., condominium association is facing discrimination charges from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), after allegations that it refused to allow children under 18 to live at the property. According to charges from HUD, the association, its management company, and its off-site manager all violated the Fair Housing Act by prohibiting children who are minors from living in the building, despite the fact that the property didn’t meet federal qualifications to be senior housing.

HUD’s Region V Administrator Antonio R. Riley said in a press release that denying a family’s right to have their children live in their home is against the law, and that HUD is committed to taking action against housing providers who unlawfully deny housing to families because they have children. HUD alleges that the association and its managers discriminated against the owners of a unit in the building by telling them they violated the property’s Declaration for Condominium by allowing their children to live with them for more than 30 days in a calendar year. HUD claims the association and managers levied fines against the owners and initiated a lawsuit in Minnesota state court to keep the children out of the building. The complex didn’t meet federal requirements to qualify as housing for older persons, HUD said, as the association failed to formally and routinely verify the ages of the complex’s residents.