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United States v. Pritchard (D. Kan.)


On June 2, 2017, the United States and the defendants entered into a settlement agreement resolving United States v. Pritchard (D. Kan.), a HUD election case alleging the owners and operators of a rental apartment complex in Wichita, Kansas violated the Fair Housing Act on the basis of familial status. The defendants include Paul Jeffrey Pritchard, individually and as the trustee of the Paul Jeffrey Pritchard Trust; the Paul Jeffrey Pritchard Trust; the Kim Susanne Pritchard Trust; Kim Susanne Pritchard, as the trustee of the Kim Susanne Pritchard Trust; and Debra M. Schmidt. The complaint, which was filed on April 10, 2017, alleged that in 2014, the owners and manager of a 16-unit multifamily building terminated the lease of a tenant who asked to add her baby granddaughter to her lease and made statements indicating that they had a policy of not renting to households with children. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the defendants will pay $25,000 in monetary damages to compensate the HUD complainant. The case was referred to the Division after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received a complaints, conducted an investigation, and issued a charge of discrimination.

Case Open Date
Case Name
United States v. Pritchard (D. Kan.)
Civil Rights
  • Paul Jeffrey Pritchard
  • Paul Jeffrey Pritchard Trust Act
  • Susanne Pritchard Trust
  • Debra M. Schmidt
  • Fair Housing Act
  • FHA
  • familial status
  • children
  • child
  • granddaughter
  • multifamily building
  • rental
  • apartment
  • Wichita
  • JK Rentals
  • Pilot Properties
  • HUD
  • election
Industry Code(s)
  • None
Updated January 30, 2023