INDIANAPOLIS (August 30, 2010) The Indiana Civil Rights Commission has found reasonable cause to believe the rental policy of Zender Family Limited Partnership requiring a cosigner for tenants without stable employment (as opposed to income) is in violation of the Indiana Fair Housing Act. Following investigation of a complaint brought by a prospective tenant, the Director of the Commission, Jamal Smith, issued a charge asserting that the policy has the effect of excluding disproportionate numbers of applicants with disabilities, who are more likely to be unemployed and rely on government support for their livelihood. In fact, over 80% of people with disabilities are out of work according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The Indiana Fair Housing Act prohibits housing providers from excluding applicants because of the person’s disability, or enforcing policies that have such an effect. Zender elected to have these claims heard in Marion County Superior Court.
If you believe you have been denied equal access to housing or home financing because of your race, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry or because you have children or a disability, please contact the Indiana Civil Rights Commission at (866) 3 FAIR 4 U.
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