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Yorkville Co-op Discriminated Against South Asians Pays $25000 No More Alienage Checks

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 11 – Counsel for The Forge housing development, built in Long Island City, Queens in 2017 by Gotham & Brause Realty, and designed by FXFOWLE, on June 8 said that fair housing lawyers can't visit to inspect due to COVID-19.  Story below.

 In other news for the Fair Housing Justice Center, on September 24 the New York State Division on Human Rights (NYSDHR) approved a conciliation agreement resolving a housing discrimination complaint filed by an apartment owner and shareholder at a 20-unit housing cooperative located in Yorkville in Manhattan.   In 2019, the shareholder who had been attempting to sublease his apartment filed a housing discrimination complaint with the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC). On October 1, 2019, the shareholder filed an administrative complaint with NYSDHR alleging that respondents, Refco Management Co., Inc., 448 E. 84th Street Owners Corp, and a member of the co-op board, Janet Lytle, discriminated against him based on the race and national origin of applicants to sublet his apartment. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the respondents refused to approve several qualified applicants who were Pakistani, Indian, and Vietnamese. After the shareholder complained to respondents, they conditioned approval of a subletter’s application on prior approval of visits from her relatives and imposed retaliatory fines on the shareholder.      The respondents agreed to pay the complainant $25,000 and to withdraw all fines, totaling $2,000. In addition, the respondents agreed to adopt a general fair housing policy and modify their application process for sub-tenants, guarantors, and visitors to include:  Standardized procedures for obtaining applicant references; No requests for applications to verify citizenship, alienage status or term/length of lawful residency; No requirement to register visitors in advance of a visit; Visitors staying 10 or more consecutive days may be asked to provide photo ID and sign house rules only, but will not be asked to complete an application.

 In June  U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Gregory H. Woods held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

 Judge Woods expressed scepticism at the defendant's request to delay, noting that law firms can re-open in Phase Two, and have not basis to not participate in an inspection. Inner City Press will continue to cover this case.

It is Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc. v. Gotham Organization Inc. et al., 19-cv-10547 (Woods).


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