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Brown v University Management

#W03-115 | Location: Ypsilanti

Categories: Race, Rental
Tags: African American, Black

Leslie Brown worked hard to secure the funding for the first month’s rent and security deposit on an apartment for her family. She was especially looking forward to moving her family into a home before Thanksgiving. On the day she was set to move in, Ms. Brown claims the landlord informed her that the original unit was unavailable. In her FHC complaint Ms. Brown described the alternative apartment as filthy to the point of being uninhabitable. According to Ms. Brown the landlord said the environment in the alternate apartment was one that “you people” should be used to. In addition to not having a place to live, Ms. Brown said the landlords refused to return the money for the rent and security deposit meaning that the family had nowhere to live through the winter. FHC testing supported Ms. Brown’s claim of discrimination based on race. FHC Cooperating Attorneys Jonathan Weber and Jonathan Rose are representing Ms. Brown in the case in the US District Federal Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division. The case has been assigned to Judge Denise Page Hood.

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