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Rental Discrimination

Santa Ana, CA: (Jan-07-08) The Department of Justice brought housing discrimination lawsuits against Gary Luke, Mary Ngo and Hoa Ngo, owners of a Garden Grove apartment complex, alleging that they wrongfully evicted Hispanic families in favor of Vietnamese tenants. The suit was filed following complaints that the owners terminated leases of Hispanic tenants to replace them with Vietnamese tenants and misrepresenting the availability of units to non-Vietnamese prospective tenants. The Justice department stated that the owners made statements in connection with the rental of apartment units that expressed a preference, limitation or discrimination based on national origin. The suit claimed that the plaintiffs, which included 10 adults and 14 children, were told to vacate their apartments so that renovations could be made, but neither they nor any other Hispanic family was allowed to move back in or reapply for tenancy. As part of a settlement reached, the owners of the complex agreed to pay $270,844 to settle the housing discrimination lawsuits. [KNBC NEWS: RENTAL DISCRIMINATION]

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Published on Jan-8-08


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