Owner May Be Liable for Tenant-on-Tenant Racial Harassment

Fact: A few months after a Section 8 resident moved into his unit, his next-door neighbor began a relentless campaign of racial harassment, abuse, and threats directed toward him. From the start of the harassment, the resident, “fear[ing] for his personal safety,” contacted the police and the site’s management to complain. His first call to the police in March 2012 prompted the local police hate crimes unit officers to visit the site, interview witnesses, and warn the neighbor to stop threatening the resident with racial epithets.

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