HUD: Iowa Landlord Wouldn't Accommodate Sick Child

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is accusing the owners of an Iowa apartment building of discrimination for refusing to allow a sick child to live with a medically-prescribed emotional support animal.

HUD says the owners of the building in Traer, a town about 65
miles northwest of Cedar Rapids, are violating the Fair Housing
Act, which requires landlords to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.

In this case, HUD says a 7-year-old girl who has cerebral palsy has been refused permission to live with a support dog because of the landlord's "no-pet policy." HUD says the girl's mother was told that if she got the animal, she'd either have to move or pay more to stay.

If a judge finds discrimination occurred, damages can be awarded.

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