Apartment Complex Sued for “No Felony” Policy

Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan
PO Box 7825, Ann Arbor, MI 48107 (877) 979-FAIR www.fhcmichigan.org


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2020

Media Contacts: Attorney William F. Piper 269-321-5008
A copy of the complaint can be found here.

Apartment Complex Sued for “No Felony” Policy


On February 26, 2020, The Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan filed a race discrimination lawsuit against Erie Investments owner of Red Lion Apartments, in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The site is the former Lakeshore Apartments. The suit alleges that by having a “no felony” policy the owner knew or should have known that it would have a disparate impact on African-American tenants and potential tenants. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, alleges violations of the Fair Housing Act.

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New Fair Housing Disability Lawsuit Settled in Livingston County

Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan
PO Box 7825, Ann Arbor, MI 48107 (877) 979-FAIR www.fhcmichigan.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2020

Media Contacts: Pam Kisch, (734) 272-8383; Attorney Francyne Stacey, (734) 545-4883
A copy of the filed complaint is available upon request.


New Fair Housing Lawsuit Settled in Livingston County


Scott Lorms settled his lawsuit based on disability discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. The amount of the settlement is not disclosed. The lawsuit alleged that T & R Properties and Zahler Management denied him the right to rent an apartment with his emotional support animals(ESAs). Mr. Lorms has a disability as defined under the Fair Housing Act.

According to the complaint taken by the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan
(FHC), Mr. Lorms called T & R Properties on November 27, 2018, to inquire about a rental unit in Pinckney. Based on the size, location, and price of the duplex, Mr. Lorms thought the property was perfect for him and his family. The home was close enough to Ann Arbor to visit with friends and family and was a short commute to Mr. Lorms’ job in South Lyon.

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COVID-19 Housing Resources

Congress passed a $2 trillion relief bill, but that money won’t be available before many of us have to make rent and utility payments on April 1st. Much of the relief is also one-time payments and we all have recurring expenses. That’s why we are sharing this template for an email or text you can send to your landlord and are including some additional resources on what’s in the relief bill so you can plan for the future. Thank you to our friends at the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center for much of this content.

Sample Email/Text to Your Landlord

Hi ________, I hope you are safe and healthy. I wanted to keep you updated about my situation. I have lost income/work/my job because of the COVID-19 crisis and cannot afford to pay my April rent at this time. Would you be willing to:

1. Waive April late fees?

2. Agree not to evict me for not being able to pay April rent on time, and instead agree that after the Governor lifts the stay at home order, we will work out a repayment agreement that works for both of us?

Most mortgage holders can qualify for a forbearance because of COVID-19. If you receive a forbearance from your lender, would you also be willing to not charge me rent for those months?

Thanks for your flexibility and understanding,
Your Name

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Canceled: Fair Housing Breakfast (rescheduled virtually)

Letter sent 3/12/2020 to Breakfast Ticket Holders:

Dear Friends, 

Regrettably, after monitoring the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak and much careful consideration, we must announce that next Thursday’s Fair Housing Breakfast has been canceled.

As you likely know, Governor Whitmer just issued a state of emergency, and public health officials are recommending that large events like ours be canceled. 

This being the most critical yearly fundraiser for our small nonprofit, I am sure you can understand what a heavy decision this was. However, attendees are our first and foremost concern and we do not want to contribute to additional risk of exposure to the virus or place anyone in a potentially harmful situation.

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Realtors: Receive CE credit for FH Breakfast! (CE Marketplace)

We are pleased to announce that the 7th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast has been approved for 1-hour non-legal elective CE credit by CE Marketplace!

To receive credit, Michigan licensed real estate salespersons/brokers will need to bring their NRDS/license number and last 4 digits of their SS# to complete an attendance verification form at the event.

The event will be held at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor the morning of Wednesday, March 19th.

Tickets and information can be found at www.fhcmichigan.org/breakfast.

Interested in sponsorship? Click here for details.

Questions? Call Kristen at 877-979-FAIR (3247).

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