United States v. Higgins (S.D.N.Y.)

Overview: 

On April 5, 2019, the United States Attorney's Office filed a complaint in United States v. Higgins (S.D.N.Y.).  The complaint alleges that the owner and property manager of a seven-unit rental property in New York, NY violated the Fair Housing Act by refusing a reasonable accommodation to allow a tenant with psychiatric disabilities to live with an emotional support German Shepherd in his unit and by billing the tenant attorney’s fees for related eviction court proceedings. 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: 
Friday, April 5, 2019
Case Name: 
United States v. Higgins (S.D.N.Y.)
Topic: 
Civil Rights
Tags: 
Gretchen G. Higgins
Paley Management Corp.
Fair Housing Act
FHA
HUD
election
disability
reasonable accommodation
emotional support animal
tenant
dog
German Shepherd
apartment
eviction
attorney’s fees
1:19-cv-03083
Industry Code: 
None
Component: 
Civil Rights Division
Civil Rights - Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
USAO - New York, Southern
Updated April 8, 2019