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Race Discrimination on the North Shore

Posted on 28. Aug, 2014 by

In order to measure housing discrimination in our community, GNOFHAC uses testing, or mystery shopping, to evaluate the practices of local landlords. A recent investigation in Slidell revealed several instances of racial discrimination that violated the Fair Housing Act, including one landlord who’s paying the price this month.

GNOFHAC-trained testers called the landlord about an apartment he was advertising near Slidell. The landlord told the three African-American testers that the apartment wasn’t available, stating that the current tenant hadn’t left yet and that he needed to make major repairs first. During the same period of time, the landlord invited three white testers to visit the empty apartment and turn in an application. GNOFHAC filed a Fair Housing Act complaint in federal court and settled this month. 

GNOFHAC obtained both a  monetary settlement and an agreement that the landlord will:

  • Hand over the management of all current and future properties to a professional property management company
  • Institute a non-discrimination policy and revise his rental criteria
  • Provide fair housing literature to all current tenants and future applicants
  • Place an equal opportunity logo on all advertisements
  • Undergo Fair Housing training
  • Let GNOFHAC inspect rental records to assure continued fair housing compliance

If you feel you’ve experienced housing discrimination, contact GNOFHAC at 504-596-2100 or file a complaint with us here

 

 

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