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HUD charges homeowner association with Fair Housing Act violations

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On September 3, HUD announced a Charge of Discrimination against a Florida-based homeowner association (respondent) for allegedly violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against residents with disabilities. According to HUD, the complainants alleged that the respondents refused to accommodate their request to leave their shoes outside of their units to prevent tracking contaminants inside and exacerbating a respiratory disability. In addition, the complainant allegedly provided medical documentation from a physician, which advised the need to keep their home free from outdoor allergens, chemicals, or pollutants. HUD determined that a disability under the Act existed, and that the respondents refused to grant a reasonable accommodation. The charge will be heard by a United States Administrative Law Judge unless a party elects to have the case heard in federal district court.

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