HUD Finds Texas Landlords Discriminating against Families

Nov 2, 2015

On October 23rd 2015, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it has charged Blackacre, L.L.C. and Alishia Ritchkey, the former owner and manager of Pebble Beach Apartments, a 61-unit complex in Universal City, Texas, with violating the Fair Housing Act by imposing overly restrictive rules on children under 16 who lived there.HUD also charged Implicity Management Company, the current management company, and Pebble Beach Apartments L.L.C, the current owner of the complex, with discriminating based on familial status.
Specifically, HUD’s charge alleges that Pebble Beach’s rules discriminated against families by prohibiting children under the age of 16 from being in their home without an adult, using the laundry facilities without an adult present, using the pool without an adult present, or using their scooters or bikes on the street and parking lots without an adult. HUD’s charge further alleges that residents were told that parking lots were not to be used as playgrounds and that if children were left playing “in the street” with bikes, scooters, etc. they would be given a 24-hour notice to vacate.
Apartments complexes may not discriminate against you for having children, and they may not refuse housing because of familial status. Your family has a right to Fair Housing.