Fair Housing & Discrimination
Our community association clients are often faced with a variety of issues involving disabled (or allegedly disabled) owners and/or residents. They are also on occasion involved with issues or allegations related to housing and race, gender, ethnicity, religion and other similar classifications.
To that end, our group is experienced and skilled in the interpretation and applicability of all of the disability and housing-related laws, departments and enforcement agencies, such as the Fair Housing Act, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Pennsylvania Fair Housing Act, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, and the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights along with all state-based barrier free codes.
We have successfully resolved many fair housing-related disputes short of the formal investigation process, and short of actual litigation or proceedings. When necessary, our team members have successfully defended communities and buildings in actual litigations, and trials, in state and federal courts.
Among our attorneys’ accomplishments:
- Dismissal in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, of several condominium owners’ complaint against that condominium, its board and management team, regarding the United States Fair Housing Act, New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, parking issues and allegations of retaliation [173 F. Supp 2nd 244 (D.N.J. 2001)].
- Dismissal (via summary judgment, directed verdict and then jury trial) of a variety of claims made by condominium owners that they had been denied access to the pool and other amenities because of their race and ethnicity.