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When a single mother moved into an apartment in Denmark, Wis., she probably expected to be treated like any other renter. She wasn’t, and HUD is getting involved to stop the kind of discrimination she faced.
According to a charge filed by HUD against the mother’s landlords, James and Julia Norton, the Nortons tried to place restrictions on the mother and her son. When she didn’t agree with the restrictions, HUD says the mother’s application for the apartment was denied.
Additionally, the charge alleges the Nortons also discriminated against families with children in their advertising. According to HUD, the Nortons threatened to fine or evict tenants if they violated rules like, “No children are allowed to play in common areas of the building.”
Those restrictions represented a violation of the Fair Housing Act, which requires that landlords not place different rules or restrictions on families with children.