EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Department of Housing & Urban Development is charging an Easthampton apartment owner with housing discrimination.
HUD alleges the landlord refused to rent an apartment to a couple with two children because the unit was on the third floor.
The couple said the apartment owner told them he would never rent to them because he didn’t feel it was safe for a child to be on a floor that high.
The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing providers from denying or limiting housing to families with children.
“I’d think that state regulation would take care of that. It shouldn’t be up to a landlord to say what’s safe and what’s not,” said Jennifer Blackburn.
A Judge will hear the facts of the case and decide whether discrimination took place, possibly awarding damages to the couple.