REAL ESTATE FIRM AND LANDLORD ACCUSED OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN SETTLES CASE FOR $65,000

On January 11, 2016, the Commission conciliated a $65,000 settlement with ERA Realty Pros, its sales agent and the property owner for allegedly discriminating against families with children.  Except for a few very limited exemptions, Connecticut law makes it unlawful to deny or limit housing because a family has children.  It is also unlawful to run advertisements or make statements that indicate any preference or limitation based upon a family having children.

The complainants, represented by lawyers from the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, filed a complaint with CHRO that alleged they called the listed agent at ERA Realty Pros about an apartment rental and were told by the agent that the owner only wished to rent to a couple or a single person. Complainants also alleged that advertisements run on line for the apartment stated similar limitations.

In addition to the monetary settlement, the agreement requires the Sales Agent and her manager to undergo fair housing training.

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