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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday announced it has charged several entities controlling a Michigan apartment complex with violating the Fair Housing Act when they evicted a man who was awarded a new due date for paying his rent. HUD believes that Nicole Morbach, property manager at the Fairway Trails Apartments; Benchmark Management Corp., the management company; Benchmark Michigan Properties Inc., the general partner; and Fairway Trails Limited L.P., the apartment owner in Ypsilanti, Mich., retaliated against tenant, Harry Tyus, when they evicted him after he won a reasonable accommodation request against Fairway Trails Apartments. HUD's investigation showed that Tyus requested a reasonable accommodation on his lease agreement to ensure prompt rent payment....