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Illinois landlord accused of fair housing violations

HUD makes sixth charge in six weeks

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today reported its sixth action in as many weeks on alleged fair housing violations. HUD today announced it has charged an Illinois apartment complex, Chateau Village Apartments, its management company, Banner Property Management, and property manager Anita Zubor, with violating the Fair Housing Act for refusing to accommodate the request of a woman with a disability to be transferred to a larger apartment that was easier to access. Wendy Walsh, a woman with cervical and spinal disorders that substantially limited her ability to walk without crutches, determined that her first-floor apartment was too difficult for her to access due to 16 steps she had to negotiate, according to HUD. Walsh also needed additional space to store her therapeutic and exercise equipment. Walsh reportedly wrote a letter to Chateau Village describing her problem and requested a transfer from a one-bedroom unit to a more accessible two-bedroom unit when o...