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Evicted tenant cries housing discrimination

Can renter appeal to federal government?
Published on Jul 14, 2004

For 11 years, Gail Godwin lived in the Harbor Village Apartments. In 2002, her landlord began eviction proceedings for her failure to pay rent on time. On the day of Godwin's eviction court hearing, she arrived 20 minutes late and was unable to enter the courtroom because the doors were locked. In her absence, the judge awarded her eviction and possession of Godwin's apartment to the landlord. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Charging the Harbor Village landlord evicted her because, the previous year, Godwin had lodged a housing discrimination complaint against her landlord, Godwin appealed to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD referred the case to the state housing board, as authorized by federal law. The state housing board ruled Godwin was evicted due to her late rent payments, not because of her previous discrimination complaint or her status in any protected class. Based on this decision, a HUD official wrote to Godwin informi...

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