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Illinois landlord charged in handicapped parking scandal

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Monday announced it has charged Georgina Estrada, a Schaumburg, Ill., property owner, and her son, Martin Estrada, with violating the Fair Housing Act for refusing to provide an accessible parking space to a tenant with physical disabilities. The charge alleges that the Estradas refused Gail Griswold's requests for an accessible parking space, despite seeing her disability placard in her car window and her Social Security disability check. Griswold's disabilities make it difficult for her to walk, requiring her to use a cane at times. HUD's investigation showed that when Griswold moved into the property in November 2004, the former owner provided her with an accessible parking space. In April 2005, the Estradas acquired the property and assumed the leases. Upon meeting the Estradas, Griswold notified them that the former landlord had assigned an accessible parking space to her. Griswold requested that the Estradas continue thi...