|HUD No. 20-140
HUD Public Affairs
September 3, 2020
HUD CHARGES NEW JERSEY CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION WITH DISCRIMINATING AGAINST RESIDENT WITH DISABILITIES
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it has charged Le Club II Condominium Association in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, with housing discrimination after its management company, Dan-Mar Management, allegedly refused to allow a resident with disabilities to keep an assistance animal. Read HUDâ€™s Charge.
The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing providers from denying or limiting housing to people with disabilities, or from refusing to make reasonable accommodations so that those with disabilities can use and enjoy their housing.
â€śAssistance animals enable persons with disabilities to fully enjoy their home and are an accommodation that shouldnâ€™t be denied,â€ť said Anna MarĂa FarĂas, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. â€śHUD will continue to take appropriate action when housing providers fail to comply with the requirements of the Fair Housing Act.â€ť
â€śHUD is committed to ensuring that housing providers approve reasonable accommodations to their policies to ensure persons with disabilities have equal access to their housing,â€ť said HUDâ€™s Principal Deputy General Counsel, Michael B. Williams.
HUD's charge will be heard by a United States Administrative Law Judge unless any party to the charge elects to have the case heard in federal district court. If an administrative law judge finds after a hearing that discrimination has occurred, he or she may award damages to the family for harm caused by the discrimination. The judge may also order injunctive relief and other equitable relief, as well as payment of attorneyâ€™s fees. In addition, the judge may impose fines to vindicate the public interest. If the matter is decided in federal court, the judge may also award punitive damages.
Persons who believe they have experienced housing discrimination may file a complaint of discrimination by contacting HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 or visiting How to File a Complaint on HUDâ€™s website. Materials and assistance are available for persons with limited English proficiency. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may contact the Department using the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 .