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To settle discrimination lawsuit, Slidell landlord pays $15,000 and brings in property management company
(NEW ORLEANS, Sep. 16, 2014)
-- A Slidell landlord who was sued for discrimination has agreed to turn over management of his properties to an outside company and will pay the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center $15,000 to settle the lawsuit, the Fair Housing Action Center said Tuesday (Sept. 16).
The center, which investigates housing discrimination complaints, sued Steven Stubenrauch in federal court in December 2013, alleging that Stubenrauch violated the federal Fair Housing Act by repeatedly misrepresenting the availability of his advertised rental property to African Americans.
"No one should be excluded from renting a home because of their race,' Fair Housing Action Center Executive Director James Perry said in a news release.
FULL STORY at nola.com
U.S. Bank, HUD settle discrimination allegations
(WASHINGTON, Sep. 16, 2014)
-- U.S. Bank has reached a settlement with a housing regulator over allegations the bank discriminated against a Native American couple in denying them a refinance.
In a complaint filed with HUD, the couple alleged U.S. Bank and its appraiser, Red Sky Risk Services, turned down their refinance application last year, informing them that the bank couldn't make the loan because their property was located on a reservation and could not be appraised.
Located on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota, the property is considered to be held in "fee simple," according to HUD, meaning the couple holds the title without restriction.
FULL STORY at dsnews.com