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Philadelphia landlords face racial discrimination charges

Property manager allegedly steered black renter away from white neighborhood

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced it has charged Daniel, Helene and Ava Waisbord, and Rhawn Street Apartments LLC, owners of more than 150 rental units, with violating the Fair Housing Act for refusing to rent a property to a prospective African-American renter, steering the person away from a predominantly white neighborhood, and quoting her a higher rental price to discourage her from renting the home. "The right to housing without regard to one's race or color isn't an option, it's the law," said Kim Kendrick, HUD assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity. "We're working hard to educate housing providers and the public about their fair housing rights and responsibilities, but when a landlord illegally prevents someone from obtaining the housing of their choice, we will take swift enforcement action." HUD's investigation revealed that Karla Baker, who is African-American, met Daniel Waisbord on Gillespie Street in Philadelphia to ...