The Second Circuit Court recently ruled that a landlord may be liable under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) for failing to take action to address a racially hostile housing environment created by one tenant targeting another, when the landlord knew of the discriminatory conduct and had the power to correct it! In Francis v. Kings Park Manor, the court determined that the FHA is not limited to preventing discrimination during the buying or leasing of a property, in fact, the FHA is intended to end all forms of discrimination that interfere with an individual’s enjoyment of their housing.
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