Housing and Civil Enforcement Cases

Housing and Civil Enforcement Cases

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Case Name Overview Federal Court Case Documents
UNITED STATES V. NELSON

On June 3, 2021 the Court entered a consent order in United States v. Nelson (S.D. Cal.). The complaint alleges that Larry Nelson, who has owned and managed several four-unit rental properties in the San Diego, California area, engaged in a pattern or practice of sexual harassment of and retaliation against female tenants from at least 2005 to the present.  The consent order includes a permanent injunction against the harasser-defendant’s personal participation in property management; entry of a $580,000 judgment, $205,000 of which is immediately payable to the 13 identified aggrieved persons, $25,000 as a civil penalty, and $350,000 suspended in reliance on defendant’s certification of his inability to pay; agreement to vacate eviction and small claims actions against aggrieved persons; and other injunctive provisions.

Press Release

California, Southern District
Settlement/Consent Decree
Thai Meditation Association of Alabama v. City of Mobile, Alabama (S.D. Ala.)

press release

Statement of Interest
United States v. Pfeiffer (D. Minn.)

On September 16, 2020, the United States filed a complaint in United States v. Pfeiffer (D. Minn.), alleging that the defendants engaged in a pattern or practice of sexually harassing female tenants at properties they own and operate in and around Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Press Release (9/16/20)

Minnesota, District of
Complaint
United States v. John J. Flatley d/b/a John J. Flatley Company and Luke Page (D. N.H.)

On April 11, 2021, the United States Attorney’s Office filed a Fair Housing Act (FHA) election complaint in United States v. John J. Flatley d/b/a John J. Flatley Company and Luke Page (D. N.H.). The complaint alleges that the defendants discriminated on the basis of disability when they refused to make a reasonable accommodation allowing the tenant to live with her emotional assistance Saint Bernard dog. 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.

New Hampshire, District of
Complaint
United States v. Chicopee Housing Authority (D. Mass.)

On April 19, 2021, the United States Attorney’s Office filed a Fair Housing Act (FHA) complaint in United States v. Chicopee Housing Authority  (D. Mass.), alleging that the defendants refused to allow a tenant who has end stage renal disease and needs dialysis to transfer to a first floor or elevator accessible unit with a sanitary space separate from the kitchen or bathroom to accommodate her medical equipment. 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.

Press Release (4/19/21)

Massachusetts, District of
Complaint
United States v. Woodcock (W.D. Pa.)

On April 12, 2021, the United States filed an election complaint in United States v. Woodcock (W.D. Pa.). The complaint alleges that defendants Allen and Heidi Woodcock, who own and manage the subject property, discriminated on the basis of sex in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA).  The complaint alleges that Defendant Allen Woodcock sexually harassed the HUD complainant while he was at the subject property to perform maintenance, and that Defendants retaliated by evicting the HUD Complainant after she reported Allen Woodcock’s harassment to Heidi Woodcock.  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.

Press Release (4/12/21)

Press Release (4/13/21)

Pennsylvania, Western District
Complaint
United States v. Township of Toms River, NJ (D. N.J.)

On March 10, 2021, the United States filed a complaint and a proposed consent order in United States v. Township of Toms River, NJ (D. N.J.). The complaint alleges that Toms River violated RLUIPA by enacting zoning regulations which place unreasonable limits on where religious assemblies and institutions may locate, substantially burden religious exercise, and treat religious assemblies and institutions on less than equal terms with nonreligious assemblies and institution. The complaint alleges that since 2009, Toms River has enacted a series of revisions to its zoning code—including a ten-acre parcel minimum requirement—which greatly reduced both the number of zoning districts in which houses of worship can locate and the number of sites available for houses of worship. These restrictions have had a particular impact on the Township’s Orthodox Jewish population, who, because of their faith and religious traditions, tend to worship at small houses of worship which they walk to and from on the Sabbath and Holidays.  On March 11, 2021, the court approved the consent order, which requires the Township to revise its zoning code to: reduce the minimum acreage required for a house of worship in many zoning districts from ten acres to two acres; allow houses of worship as-of-right in certain zoning districts; allow smaller houses of worship to be located on minor collector roads; and treat houses of worship on comparable terms to nonreligious places of assembly. The consent order also requires the Township to train its officials and employees on RLUIPA’s requirements and establish a procedure for receiving and resolving RLUIPA complaints. The consent order further requires the Township to train its officials and employees on RLUIPA’s requirements and establish a procedure for receiving and resolving RLUIPA complaints.

Press Release (3/10/21)

New Jersey, District of
Complaint
Settlement/Consent Decree
United States v. Pereos (D. Nev.)

On January 14, 2021, the United States filed an election complaint in United States v. Pereos (D. Nev.), alleging that the owners and operators of rental properties in Reno, Nevada violated the Fair Housing Act on the basis of disability by refusing to allow one set of complainants to live at a subject property with a service animal, and by refusing to grant a reasonable accommodation request by another set of complainants at another subject property to be allowed to reside at the property with an assistance animal. Defendants named in the complaint include C. Nicholas Pereos, Nina Properties II, Inc., Pereos 1980 Trust, Willis E. Powell, Nichole Truax, Iris Norton, Brownstone Apartments, LLC, and Teri Morrison.  This matter was referred to the Division based on two separate HUD charges after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received two separate complaints, conducted investigations, and issued two charges of discrimination.

 

Nevada, District of
Complaint
United States v. Meyer (E.D. Mo.)

On January 7, 2021, the United States filed a Fair Housing Act election complaint in United States v. Meyer (E.D. Mo.), alleging that defendants discriminated on the basis of disability by denying complainants’ reasonable accommodation requests for an assistance animal, and taking steps to evict the complainants and their son because their emotional support animal violated defendants’ “no pets” policy. Defendants are Thomas M. Meyer, Thos L. Meyer Realty Co.; William T. Joiner Revocable Trust; and Richard G. Steele, Trustee, William T. Joiner Revocable Trust. 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.

Missouri, Eastern District
Complaint
United States v. Gainfort (W.D. Pa.)

On December 15, 2020, the United States filed an election complaint in United States v. Gainfort (W.D. Pa.).  The complaint alleges that the defendants, LRG Corporation d/b/a LRG Rentals and Lewis R. Gainfort, discriminated on the basis of disability in violation of the Fair Housing Act by refusing to grant a reasonable accommodation to allow complainants to keep an assistance animal and terminating the tenancy of the complainant and her son on the grounds that the son’s assistance animal violated their “no pets” policy. 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.

Complaint

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