New Fair Housing Disability Lawsuit Filed in Livingston County

Scott Lorms has filed a federal lawsuit based on disability discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. The lawsuit states 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, Mr. Lorms alleges that he called T & R Properties and the rental agent stated he would not show him the unit or discuss any accommodation for his emotional support animals, even though Mr. Lorms explained he had he had the required paperwork from a doctor regarding his disability.

Read the FHC Press Release

White Lake man suing Brighton property company for not allowing emotional support dogs“, Livingston Daily 

For a copy of the complaint, questions, or if you believe you have been the victim of housing discrimination, please contact the Fair Housing Center at 877-979-FAIR or email info@fhcmichigan.org.

Photograph below: Scott Lorms with Curiz and Riley. Photograph provided by Scott Lorms.

Scott Lorms and dogs
Scott Lorms files disability lawsuit
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Registration Open for July Housing Advocates Training

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National Fair Housing Testing Expert Speaks in Ann Arbor

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 1, 2019

Media Contact: Kristen Cuhran Fuller, (877) 979-3247

National Fair Housing Testing Expert Speaks in Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, MI –

The Fair Housing Center (FHC) will host its 6th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast on March 21st at Weber’s Inn. Fred Freiberg, Executive Director of the Fair Housing Justice Center in New York, is the guest speaker for the charity event. Mr. Freiberg is one the nation’s leading experts on the use of undercover testing as an investigative tool to enforce civil rights laws. His talk is titled: “Fair Housing: With All Deliberate Lethargy.”

Fair housing has been the law of the land for more than 50 years. But how much progress have we actually made in achieving fair housing and what are some of the key lessons learned about housing discrimination and residential segregation?

The program will run from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and also includes the FHC Board of Directors Award. The award will be presented to David Esau with Michigan Accessible Homes, a division of Cornerstone Design – an architectural firm based in Ann Arbor. Mr. Esau has collaborated with the Fair Housing Center since 2006 on fair housing issues relating to accessibility under state and federal law. His expertise has aided in the resolution of nearly a dozen fair housing complaints including: Lowrey v Uptown and Tankson v Randolph Court.

6th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast
Thursday, March 21, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Weber’s Inn, 3050 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor

Cost:
Tickets are $50 for members, $75 for non-members. Table discounts available. More ticket details here.

This event is made possible thanks to the generosity of our Sponsors:

Gold:
McKinley Companies, LLC
Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development

Silver:
Ann Arbor State Bank
Chemical Bank
Home Point Financial
PNC Bank

Interested in sponsorship? Contact Kristen at kcuhran@fhcmichigan.org or view our Sponsorship Invitation.

The Fair Housing Center of Southeast and Mid Michigan, founded in 1992, actively protects the civil rights of those who are discriminated against in the rental, sale, or financing of housing through investigation, education, advocacy, and legal action. The FHC takes an average of 160 complaints each year from its eight-county service area – Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw counties. Our mission is to end discrimination in housing and public accommodations and to promote accessible, integrated communities. The Breakfast is our primary fundraising event.

The work that provided the basis for this publication was supported by funding under a grant with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication.  Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Government.

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Fair Housing Breakfast fundraiser in Ann Arbor, March 21st. Tickets available now.
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Criminal Background and Housing Info Session, Adrian MI

Heard this?  

“We have a blanket ‘no felony’ policy”
“If you served time in the last 20 years, we won’t take you”
“We don’t even look an application if you have a criminal record”
“Arrested? You can’t live here”

If any of these comments affect your life (or the lives of your family and friends) we encourage you to come this free community event in Adrian. The Fair Housing Center will present on the new HUD rule that addresses criminal background and housing, provide information on help that is available, and allow time for questions from attendees.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
MSU Extension-Lenawee County
1040 S. Winter St., Suite 2020
Adrian, MI 49221
6:00-8:00 pm / Food and drinks provided  

Please let us know if you will be attending by emailing info@fhcmichigan.org or by phone 877-979-FAIR.

This program is possible in part thanks to a grant by United Way of Monroe / Lenawee Counties. Thank you also to Nation Outside.

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6th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast – Tickets Available Now

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