HUD Reaches Settlement with Maryland Condominium Company and Managing Agent to Resolve Disability Discrimination Claims
HUD Public Affairs
June 7, 2022
HUD REACHES AGREEMENT WITH MARYLAND CONDOMINIUM CORPORATION AND MANAGING AGENT TO RESOLVE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that it has entered into a consent order with a Baltimore, Maryland condominium company, Scarlett Place Residential Condominium, Inc., and its agent for management, Brodie Management, Inc., to resolve a discrimination charge alleging disability-related discrimination. Read the consent order here.
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, marital status, and disability. It requires housing providers to make reasonable accommodations where necessary for people with disabilities.
“It is unacceptable that families caring for children with disabilities may also face discrimination in housing,” said Demetria L. McCain, Principal Assistant Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “This consent order demonstrates HUD’s commitment to protecting the fair housing rights of families and people with disabilities.”
HUD’s discrimination charge alleged that Scarlett Place Residential Condominium and Brodie Management violated the Fair Housing Act on the basis of disability when they refused to waive their rule limiting occupants to two people per bedroom to allow a family of eight — one of whom was a young child having bone marrow transplant treatment at nearby Johns Hopkins Hospital — to temporarily rent a three-bedroom condominium. The family had to live together to facilitate the medical treatment and care of the young child, which included screening all family members for a viable bone marrow donor. The condo board imposes a monthly fine on the unit owner due to family occupancy of the condo.
The consent order, entered into by HUD’s Chief Administrative Judge, requires Scarlett Place Residential Condominium and Brodie Management to pay the family and condo owner a total of $35,743.50 in damages and take damages. other measures to ensure non-discrimination on grounds of disability. The Consent Order does not constitute an admission of liability by Scarlett Place Residential Condominium or Brodie Management.
“Housing providers must allow families to care for their children with disabilities when a simple waiver of condominium rules can be made,” said Damon Smith, general counsel for HUD. “HUD will vigorously enforce the Fair Housing Act protections for people with disabilities.”
Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint by contacting HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (relay) . Housing discrimination complaints can also be filed at hud.gov/fairhousing.