MFHC settles family status discrimination complaint

Families with children face countless barriers to renting in Massachusetts. When a Springfield property management company published a rental ad to “students and young professionals only” in 2016, we conducted an investigation, which turned up evidence of housing discrimination against families with children and people with disabilities. With this evidence, we filed a complaint and reached a settlement with the property owners that required them to cease discriminating against families with children, obtain fair housing training and pay MFHC $5,000. Within two years, a “new” property management company was created with the same managers that MFHC had settled with previously. These managers continued discriminating against families with children under the new company name. MFHC again investigated and filed a new discrimination complaint against them. Yesterday we settled the case. As a result, the property managers must attend a fair housing training (again), publish affirmative advertising of available rental properties (again) and pay $16,000 to MFHC.

If you experience housing discrimination because you have children, or because the rental unit has lead paint, please contact us at 413-539-9796 without delay.

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