A recent Connecticut lawsuit against a prominent landlord has brought to light the kind of discrimination an individual can face. This case is especially disturbing due to the essential denial of a basic human need by a landlord who chose not to rent to individuals that rely on Social Security benefits for income or for those who must use Section 8 housing assistance vouchers.
This situation is not limited to the state of Connecticut. There is potential for discrimination against disabled tenants in New York and around the world can be affected in the same manner. The landlord embroiled in the Connecticut case has been reported for refusing to accept vouchers as a source of rental payment or security deposits, a requirement of the Fair Housing Act. Additionally, it was discovered that potential applicants looking to rent were not even shown an apartment when it was brought to the landlord’s attention the applicant was disabled or unemployed and relied on Social Security benefits.
The landlord involved in the lawsuit is well-known in the Hartford area. However, individuals who were discriminated against did stand up and file a complaint with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the Connecticut Fair Housing Center. It is because of their reports of discrimination the tests were conducted, which in the end revealed definite discrimination.
Discrimination against disabled persons is not uncommon but to be denied a basic necessity requires legal intervention to protect the rights of renters and disabled individuals. Are you aware of any situation in which you were denied the viewing of an apartment or the approval of a rental application due to your revelation of being dependent on Social Security benefits? If so, you need to schedule a free consultation with our firm to discuss your rights.
You can contact our office by calling toll free 866-205-2415 or by using our confidential online form. We want to be assured your rights to fair housing are addressed and to help prevent such discrimination cases from happening to other disabled individuals.