|HUD No. 20-189
HUD Public Affairs
November 2, 2020
HUD CONSENT ORDER SETTLES CLAIMS INVOLVING GEORGIA HOUSING PROVIDERS ACCUSED OF DISCRIMINATING AGAINST TENANT WITH DISABILITIES
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that Tzadik Georgia Portfolio, LLC, and Tzadik Management Group, LLC, housing providers in Albany Georgia, will pay $34,900 under a HUD Consent Order resolving allegations that they discriminated against a tenant with disabilities. Read HUDâ€™s Order.
The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to deny housing or impose different rental terms and conditions based on disability, race, national origin, color, religion, sex, or familial status. It is illegal to refuse to provide a reasonable accommodation to a person with disabilities.
"The rights of persons with disabilities have been protected under the Fair Housing Act for more than 30 years, yet they continue to be subjected to discriminatory treatment," said Anna MarĂa FarĂas, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. "HUD will continue taking appropriate action when housing providers fail to meet their responsibilities to comply with the nationâ€™s housing laws.â€ť
â€śProviding reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Fair Housing Act is an essential part of a housing providerâ€™s responsibilities,â€ť said Michael B. Williams, HUDâ€™s Principal Deputy General Counsel. â€śThis settlement demonstrates HUDâ€™s commitment to ensuring persons with disabilities are afforded equal access to housing.â€ť
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.