HUD Charges Massachusetts Housing Providers With Discrimination Against Residents With Disabilities

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it has charged Granby, Massachusetts property owner Pleasant Valley Estates, Inc., and its management company, Bernashe Realty, Inc., with housing discrimination for allegedly discriminating against persons with disabilities who require the use of assistance animals. Read HUD’s charge.

The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing providers from denying or limiting housing to persons with disabilities or from refusing to make reasonable accommodations in policies or practices. This includes waiving no pet policies for assistance or service animals.
“A person who requires the use of an assistance animal should not be unlawfully denied their right to have that reasonable accommodation,” said Anna María Farías, HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “Whenever the rights of persons with disabilities are violated, HUD will continue to take action to protect those rights.”

Anna María Farías
The case came to HUD’s attention when the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center (MFHC), a HUD Fair Housing Initiatives Program agency, filed a complaint alleging that Pleasant Valley Estates, Inc., and Bernashe Realty, Inc., discriminate against persons with disabilities. The charge, issued on behalf of MFHC, alleges that the companies posted Craigslist advertisements which stated, “One cat considered, no

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