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Fair Housing Act Lawsuit - Ban on "Playing" on the Lawn

November 30, 2013

On November 25, 2013, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against a Minnesota HOA claiming discrimination under the Fair Housing Act against families with children. A key element of the complaint was a rule against "playing" on the lawn imposed against all owners. The complaint also referenced several association enforcement actions and warnings with references to children and children playing on the lawn. The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief and damages. Morris Sperry has successfully defended associations against similar fair housing act enforcement actions which in Utah are brought by the Utah Anti Discrimination and Labor Division.

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