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Apartment owner charged with housing discrimination

Landlord allegedly refused to rent to Arab couple

The Department of Housing and Urban Development today reported its third action this month on alleged Fair Housing Violations. HUD today reported it has charged the Barron's Gate Construction Co., owner of the Barron's Gate Apartments in Woodbridge, N.J., and one of its employees with violating the Fair Housing Act for refusing to rent an apartment to a couple based on their national origin and religion. An investigation HUD conducted into an Arab couple's application to rent a unit in the New Jersey complex spurred the charges. The department found that on Sept. 15, 2001, while the Arab couple of Muslim faith completed the Barron's Gate application form, the resident manager conducting the interview allegedly commented that his friend owned a weapons store in the area and told him that since Sept. 11th, the shop owner had sold weapons to people who wanted to kill Arabs and Muslims. Despite the encounter, the couple paid $100 for a credit check and completed the application process,...

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