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Black couple gets $30,000 in rental discrimination settlement

Apartment owner, manager allegedly preferred Russian tenants

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced it has negotiated a settlement that will pay more than $30,000 to an African-American couple who allege that a Bensalem, Pa., apartment complex refused to rent to them because of their race. The couple, Talitha Fleming and William Murray, filed a complaint with HUD in August 2005 alleging that Country Commons Apartments, a 352-unit, HUD-subsidized apartment complex owned by Richlieu Associates and managed by AIMCO, denied them tenancy at the complex while giving preferential treatment to applicants of Russian descent. To resolve the allegations, Country Commons and AIMCO agreed to pay the couple $10,000, plus their monthly rent and security deposit at their current residence until a unit becomes available at Country Commons. After a unit becomes available, Country Commons and AIMCO will pay the couple's rent for the first 18 months of their tenancy. "Housing discrimination based on race is bad enough. HUD has an ad...