CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION AGREES TO PAY $150K TO DOJ OVER CHILD FINES

Published on: December 13, 2010

The Justice Department recently announced that it settled a lawsuit against a North Shore, Massachusetts Condominium Association over allegations they regularly discriminated against residents with children. According to the DOJ, the condominium complex was fining families $500 when their children violated condo rules by playing tag or wiffle ball games in outdoor common areas while residents without kids were fined only $10 for similar rules infractions.

The DOJ also said the Condominium Association retaliated against one resident who lodged a complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development over the excessive fines by charging her $1,000 to pay for the Condominium Association’s cost to defend against her complaint.

Under the settlement, the Condominium Association will pay $130,000 to the five families affected and $20,000 in civil penalties.  Condominium board members will also be required to get training on the Fair Housing Act.

The case underscores the importance for Condominium Boards to be age, gender and race neutral in adopting and enforcing rules and regulations.

If you would like further information please contact Richard Brooks at rbrooks@meeb.com or 781-843-5000 (106).