Posted by Jane on December 24, 2000 at 19:55:56:
In Reply to: Re: Our landlord says we can't stay when our child is born. posted by Jeff on December 24, 2000 at 00:38:47:
: Thank you all for your comments. Some have been better than others. I have contacted HUD and am waiting for replys, to see how best to handle the situation. I am convinced now that we are being discriminated against and want to do something.
: The reason that we can't stay is because the lease says no more than two persons per apt.
I doubt that: 'persons', in laws and especially in occupancy standards, does not include children, or children under age 12... Look up the definition at HUD.
: However, there are no single parents with one child here(two persons). I don't believe they would allow it either. The LL does not live here and it isn't an "adult" complex. If they wanted adult living it could have been set up like that, it isn't. The rules are here specifically to limit any families they don't want. The manager has a family but that's it. The Fair Housing rules are very strict and they're not following them. I am not sure how they are doing it but they are getting away with a lot more too. For example, there are no African Americans here. Not to offend anyone, but the complex is plenty large enough to have a few, even if it's to be polically correct.
: So, I doubt if we'll sue but we will file a complaint with HUD. Thank you all again.
Good news / bad news: yes, the landlord is illegally discriminating against your family. If he is stupid ehough to say it in plain English, especially in writing, you can sue the pants off him. However, if he has any brains at all, he'll give you no reason for not renewing your lease or some non-illegal reason. You could still sue, but it would be harder and more expensive to win.
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