October 1, 2010
HUD CHARGES NEW YORK LANDLORD WITH DISCRIMINATING AGAINST A TENANT WITH DISABILITIES
First-come, first-served parking policy discriminates against tenants with disabilities
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that it is charging Heatherwood-Norwich Gate LLC, the owner and manager of an apartment complex in East Norwich, New York, with violating the Fair Housing Act for allegedly denying a resident with disabilities an accessible parking space he requested. HUD’s charge also alleges that the complex refused to modify its first-come, first-served parking policy to accommodate the resident’s request.
The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to refuse to make reasonable accommodations when they are needed to afford persons with disabilities the opportunity to use and enjoy their homes.