D.C. Woman Sues Renter After Alleged Refusual Of Housing Voucher

January 17, 2020
D.C. resident to sue rental property over income discrimination.

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One D.C. resident took it upon herself to take a stand when she felt wrongfully discriminated against by a local rental property.

Tiana Martin is filing a lawsuit against Latrobe Apartment Homes parent company Apartment Investment Management Company (Aimco) for allegedly breaking the law by refusing to lease properties to residents using Housing Choice Vouchers.

According to the lawsuit, Latrobe's website featured a Frequently Asked Question concerning the use of vouchers to which it provided the answer “We do not accept housing vouchers at this community.”

Additionally, when Martin inquired about living within the Latrobe property and revealed that she would use a Housing Choice Voucher she was allegedly told by a leasing agent “Unfortunately we do not accept Section 8.”

Martin is being represented by Handley Farah & Anderson law firm in hopes of asking for a class action lawsuit on her behalf as well as other people who have been discriminated against in a similar way.

"“Plaintiff was denied the opportunity to obtain housing in her desired location for which she was otherwise qualified, causing Plaintiff hardship in securing available housing, and embarrassment and humiliation to be told that she was not welcome at Defendants’ property because she had a housing voucher,” the lawsuit states.

D.C. residents are legally allowed to provide Housing Choice Vouchers as a source of income in order to rent housing within the city, according to D.C. Human Rights Act.

The lawsuit addresses this stating "Defendants’ statements and policy or practice of refusing to accept Housing Choice Vouchers constitute unlawful source-of-income discrimination under the DCHRA."

Latrobe has denied the allegations writing "We regret that there was conflicting misinformation on our website; that section has been corrected and where appropriate, removed. We welcome all at Latrobe, including applicants with vouchers," in a statement to Washington City Paper.

A court date has been set for April 2020.

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