Feds file suit against NM rental property owner

November 3, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities have filed a lawsuit against [auth] the owner and manager of rental property in Albuquerque for allegedly discriminating against a disabled tenant.

The civil complaint was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico.

It was brought on behalf of a tenant who became disabled as a result of a medical condition more than two years after living in a house he and his family rented from Michael Croom.

The suit alleges that Croom violated the Fair Housing Act.

Croom allegedly evicted the tenant after he requested permission to make reasonable modifications to the rented house to accommodate his disability.

The lawsuit seeks a court order prohibiting future discrimination by Croom, monetary damages for the tenant and a civil penalty.

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