Fair Housing

Fair Housing Testing Leads to Discrimination Charges Against 23 Seattle Landlords

Editor's Note:  Recently came across this article.  Although it pertains to Seattle this could just as easily happen in Salem, Medford, Bend or Newport.  Make sure you know your Fair Housing Laws!!


The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) recently filed charges against 23 property owners after its latest round of fair housing testing allegedly showed that prospective renters experienced different treatment from Seattle landlords based on familial status, disability, and use of a federal Section 8 voucher.


Another Fair Housing/MH Community Settlement - $130,000

The Department of Justice has announced a settlement of a case involving an Indiana manufactured home community for violations of the federal Fair Housing Act. The $130,000 fine settles a federal lawsuit filed in May 2015, wherein the owner of a 173-lot manufactured home community in Crown Point, Indiana, was alleged to have violated the Fair Housing Act by refusing to allow families with children to live at the community.


Justice Department Settles Housing Discrimination Lawsuit - $40,000 Against Owner Mobile Home and Recreational Vehicle Park


The Justice Department announced today that Thomas Mere, the owner and operator of Mere’s Mobile Home and Recreational Vehicle Park in North Fort Myers, Florida, has agreed to pay $40,000 to resolve allegations that he discriminated against African Americans in violation of the Fair Housing Act.  The settlement, which is in the form of a consent order, must still be approved by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.