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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday announced it has charged Draper and Kramer Inc. with violating the Fair Housing Act for refusing to rent an apartment to a family because the presence of the family's infant child would exceed the landlord's self-imposed occupancy limit. The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful for a housing provider to discriminate because of children in the household, which includes placing unreasonable limitations on occupancy. The charge alleges that the owners refused to rent a one-bedroom apartment at 1130 South Michigan Ave. in Chicago to a couple and their infant son. Prior to the birth of their son, the couple had lived in a studio apartment in the building and wanted to return because the property was near the university where the husband worked. In April 2004, the couple visited the property and inquired about renting a one-bedroom apartment, according to HUD's investigation. They met with a rental agent from Draper and Kram...