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United States Settles Suit Against Two Owners in Fresh Meadows for Fair Housing Act Violations

December 15, 2010

Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, announced today that a settlement was reached in the United States’ civil action against Emanuil Uvaydov and Vyacheslav Uvaydov for violations of the federal Fair Housing Act. According to the complaint filed previously by the United States, on five separate occasions testers employed by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and Long Island Housing Services (LIHS), two fair housing advocacy groups, attempted to rent a house owned jointly by the Uvaydov brothers in Fresh Meadows, New York. As set forth in the complaint, defendants repeatedly stated that they would not rent to African-Americans.

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination against people in connection with the sale or rental of a home or apartment on account of their race, color, or national origin, and landlords are prohibited from stating that they will not rent housing because of an applicant’s race, color, national origin, sex, or familial status. Under the Consent Judgment that was approved by the district court, the defendants agreed to attend training, at their cost, to learn the requirements of federal, state, and local fair housing laws and have agreed that they will not make or cause to be made any statements that indicate a preference for excluding certain racial groups from renting an apartment from them. In addition, the defendants agreed to pay $20,000 to NFHA and LIHS for the costs of their investigation. If the defendants engage in any further rental activity, the Consent Judgment would require them to display the words “Equal Housing Opportunity” and the fair housing logo in any advertising they conduct or which is conducted on their behalf. Pursuant to the Consent Judgment, the United States, NFHA, and LIHS will monitor the defendants’ compliance for a three year period following entry of the Consent Judgment.

“We will hold accountable landlords who state that they will not rent to individuals because of their race, color, or national origin,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. “We are committed to ensuring that housing in this district is available to prospective renters regardless of their race or ethnicity.”

The government’s case was litigated by Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Lynch. NFHA and LIHS intervened in the case as plaintiffs.

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