Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Feb. 28 three
separate settlements related to disability-based housing discrimination against
cases each involve allegations of property owners and managers discriminating
against tenants by failing to reasonably accommodate disabilities.
first case, the Related Companies Inc., Related Washington Heights LLC and
Related Management Company L.P. will pay a total of $75,000, including $60,000 in
damages to the tenant and $15,000 to Massachusetts.
In the second case, Mission
Park LP, Roxbury Tenants Association of Harvard (RTH) Inc. and Trinity
Management LLC will pay a total of $60,000, including $40,000 in damages to the
complainants, $15,000 to Massachusetts and $5,000 for an education program for
tenants with disabilities.
In the third case, New Depot Crossing LP, Hallkeen
Management Inc. and Dianne Callahan will pay a total of $20,000, including $15,000 in
damages to the tenant and $5,000 to Massachusetts.
landlords refuse to make reasonable accommodations for tenants with
disabilities, it compromises the health, safety and quality of life of our
residents,” Healey said. “My office enforces our fair housing laws to ensure
that people are treated with dignity and can access housing in our state.”
these cases for the state were staff from the attorney general's Civil Rights
Division, including assistant attorneys general D’Andre Fernandez, Kimberly Strovink,
and division chief Genevieve Nadeau, with assistance from Colleen Frost of the Civil Investigations Division.