Va Beach Woman Denied Housing For Not Speaking English

Housing discrimination is not a thing of the past. It can have a devastating impact on one’s life. Housing discrimination means a person is denied living near things important to them, such as good schools, jobs and transportation options.

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development announced a fair housing settlement with a property management company in Va Beach. I’ve bolded some sections for emphasis:

a Hispanic woman filed a complaint alleging that Virginia Realty, a property management company that manages over 500 rental units throughout Virginia Beach and Norfolk, refused to provide her a rental application because she could not speak English well and refused the translation assistance of the bilingual person she brought with her.

In the course of the investigation, HUD discovered that Virginia Realty had a written policy expressly requiring all prospective tenants to be able to communicate with management staff in English without assistance from others, and to complete rental applications only while they were in the management office.


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