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HUD: Ad seeking single female tenant discriminatory

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A Chicago landlord who ran an advertisement on craigslist seeking "young college students or single females" faces charges that he violated the Fair Housing Act. The Department of Housing and Urban Development claims the ad posted by the landlord, Cesar A. Lopez, discriminates against men and families with children. The Fair Housing Act prohibits advertisements that state a preference based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability Lopez's January 2006 ad -- which advertised an apartment in an owner-occupied, three-story building -- allegedly promised a "great apartment for a single person." The ad was flagged by a nonprofit group, the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Inc., which monitors craigslist. According to HUD, Lopez told the group that he believed the ad was just "being honest" and that "girls really are cleaner." The Chicago Lawyers Committee sued craigslist in ...