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Arkansas landlords charged with discrimination

Couple refused to lease to a Hispanic family

Two Arkansas landlords have been charged by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with violating the Fair Housing Act by refusing to rent a house to an individual solely based on the applicant's national origin, HUD reported today. Defendants Donald Rapp and E. Jane Rapp could face a maximum penalty of $11,000, plus actual damages for the complainant, injunctive or other equitable relief, and attorney fees. HUD's investigation of the complaint determined that a Hispanic woman and her daughter were denied the opportunity to rent a home advertised in the local newspaper. HUD's investigation also showed that after the landlord learned that the family was Hispanic, she questioned the prospective renter about how many people would live in the house and how many cars would be kept at the property. The landlord also allegedly informed the prospective renter that jobs were hard to find in the area. The prospective renter expressed her desire to rent the house and explained ...

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