Thursday, April 22, 2010

Outrageous Discrimination Court Ruling Against Landlord in Massachusetts

So what's it coming to now with this government tyranny. Now landlords HAVE to take Section 8 or we will face a discrimination lawsuit. Being FORCED to take Section 8 means being FORCED by the government to change your lease agreement to what THEY want it to say because you MUST abide by the governments HAP Contract that overrides your lease agreement if you take Section 8.

Article by the Herald News:
Taunton —
Attorney General Martha Coakley obtained a judgment against a Fall River landlord and his tenant for allegedly posting discriminatory online rental advertisements on Craigslist as part of an ongoing statewide investigation into reports of widespread discriminatory Internet advertising.

The judgment, signed by Superior Court Judge Robert Kane on April 16 against landlord George Cote and his tenant, Harriet Witkington, provides a broad range of relief and preventive measures to ensure future compliance with state and federal fair housing laws.

"Landlords and real estate professionals, and anyone acting on their behalf, must recognize that the rental market is a regulated industry and compliance with our anti-discrimination laws is an important obligation," Coakley said in a press release. "While we hope that this enforcement initiative will have a deterrent effect, our office will continue to monitor Craigslist and take action against landlords and real estate professionals who violate the law."

On October 28, the Attorney General's Office reached 20 settlements and filed six complaints against landlords and real estate agents across the commonwealth accused of violating state anti-discrimination laws on Craigslist.

According to the complaint filed in Bristol Superior Court, Witkington, acting on behalf of Cote, placed an advertisement in May 2009, listing a unit for rent in Fall River but stating "no Section 8."

The Massachusetts Anti-Discrimination Act prohibits real estate companies, agents, landlords and others involved in property rentals, from discriminating against people who use state or federal housing subsidies to pay for all or a portion of their rent.

The judgment requires Cote and Witkington to attend training on state and federal fair housing laws. The judgment also prohibits Cote and Witkington from placing discriminatory advertisements or otherwise discriminating against any person who seeks or applies for housing because they are a member of a protected class.

Recently, Coakley's office resolved a similar case against a Hyde Park landlord that allegedly posted discriminatory statements on Craigslist. The judgment filed against Linheart Smith provides similar relief requiring training to ensure future compliance with state and federal fair housing law, and requires him to pay a $3,000 civil penalty to the Local Consumer Aid Fund.

This matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Jeanne Veenstra.

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Dail Stancill on April 22, 2010 at 3:52 PM said...


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