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Michigan apartment complex hit with fair-housing violation

Tenant eviction alleged to be retaliation for special treatment
Published on Mar 30, 2006

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. Tyus, who is disabled, asked Morbach if he could pay his rent on the third Wednesday of each month instead of the first day of each month. The change would have coincided with Tyus' Social Security d...