United States v. Friedman Residence, LLC (S.D.N.Y.)


On February 24, 2017, the court entered a consent decree in United States v. Friedman Residence, LLC (S.D.N.Y.). The complaint, which was filed on January 18, 2017, by the United States Attorney's alleged that a supportive shared housing residence for senior citizens, working professionals and persons living with HIV/AIDS in New York City violated the Fair Housing Act on the basis of disability by refusing to allow a resident with a psychiatric disability to live with an emotional support dog in his unit. The consent decree requires the defendants to pay $20,000 in damages to the HUD complainant and to allow him to keep his assistance animal. It also requires the adoption of new reasonable accommodation policies.The case was referred to the Division after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received a complaint, conducted an investigation and issued a charge of discrimination.

Case Open Date: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Case Name: 
United States v. Friedman Residence, LLC (S.D.N.Y.)
Civil Rights
Friedman Residence
Breaking Ground
The Actors Fund of America
reasonable accommodation
assistance animal
emotional support animal
no-pets policy
Industry Code: 
Civil Rights - Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
USAO - New York, Southern
Updated February 27, 2017