U.S. government accuses Georgia, Louisiana housing providers of discrimination

(CBS New York)

NEW ORLEANS, La (AP) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is accusing a Georgia homeowner’s association and a Louisiana property owner of discriminating against families with children.

HUD says in a statement Wednesday an administrative law judge will hear the agency’s allegations against Peachtree Court Homeowners Association Inc., of Cumming, Georgia, and Brandon Tarricone, a Peabody, Massachusetts, resident who owns rental property in New Orleans.

Both are accused of violating the Fair Housing Act.

HUD claims Peachtree Court Homeowners Association rejected a family’s request to have a children’s playset in their backyard, fined the family for unauthorized improvements and prevented the family from using a community pool.

Tarricone allegedly discouraged a “fair housing tester” posing as a father with eight-month-old twins from renting his property due to the man’s family status.

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