Recent Court Rulings

Resident Not Liable for Actions of Her Guests

April 11, 2019    

Facts: A resident’s sister and other guests engaged in a physical and verbal altercation with another resident of the site. The altercation was captured on video, and the police responded to the site. As a result, the owner sent the resident a notice to vacate based on the...

PHA Not Liable for Relocation Benefits

April 11, 2019    

Facts: A resident lived in a formerly federally subsidized property. From 2014 to 2017, the site’s physical conditions deteriorated, as shown by failing Real...

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

March 14, 2019    

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,”...

PHA Liable for Disability Discrimination

March 14, 2019    

Facts: A disabled resident undergoing mental health treatment sued the local PHA for discrimination based on the PHA’s policy concerning “therapy pets.” A month after he moved in, the resident got a cat, and sometime later got a second cat. He claimed that his...

Resident Can't Relitigate Injury Claim Against PHA

February 15, 2019    

Facts: A resident sued the local PHA and HUD for a fractured ankle he suffered when he slipped on a sidewalk in front of the site. The resident alleged that his lease requires the PHA “to maintain the dwelling unit and the project in decent, safe, and sanitary condition,...

Owner Can Evict Resident for Marijuana-Related Lease Violations

February 15, 2019