NOTICE TO POTENTIAL VICTIMS OF ALLEGED HOUSING DISCRIMINATION On August 19, 2021, the United States settled a housing discrimination lawsuit alleging that certain apartment complexes in Grand Forks and West Fargo, North Dakota were designed and built in a way that makes them inaccessible to persons with disabilities.
NOTICE TO POTENTIAL VICTIMS OF ALLEGED HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
On August 19, 2021, the United States settled a housing discrimination lawsuit alleging that certain apartment complexes in Grand Forks and West Fargo, North Dakota were designed and built in a way that makes them inaccessible to persons with disabilities. This settlement may impact you.
In its lawsuit, the United States alleged that certain rental units in the following four apartment complexes are not accessible or usable by persons with disabilities - including those who use wheelchairs or have mobility impairments - because the units do not meet the requirements of the federal Fair Housing Act:
•Carrington Court Townhome Apartments, 3383A and 3383C Primrose Court, Grand Forks, ND
•South Hampton Townhomes, 3174, 3274, & 3374 36th Avenue South, Grand Forks, ND
•Steeples Apartments, 2850 and 2950 36th Avenue South, Grand Forks, ND
•Townhomes at Charleswood, 1908 Burlington Drive, West Fargo, ND
Additionally, the United States alleges that certain features at the rental office serving the Grand Forks properties listed above (Times Square Rental Office, 3001 36th Avenue South, Grand Forks, ND) are not accessible because they do not meet the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act.
The Defendants in the United States' lawsuit are builders and owners of the apartment complexes and rental office named above and include Hampton Corporation, Inc., Daniel Stauss, Scott Stauss, Steeple Apartments, LLC, HDD, Inc., and Times Square Townhomes II, Inc.
The settlement of the lawsuit - known as a "Consent Order" - was filed in federal court in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota. As part of the Consent Order, Defendants voluntarily agreed to modify certain aspects of the affected units and common use areas at the apartment complexes and rental office. The Consent Order prohibits Defendants from raising the rent or fees, or demanding any deposit or other fee, as a result of the required modifications.
The Consent Order also establishes a Settlement Fund to compensate persons who have been harmed as a result of this alleged discrimination on the basis of disability at any of the above-named complexes. You or members of your family may be eligible to received monies from the Settlement Fund if you, members of your family or your guest:
•Were discouraged from living at any of the above-named complexes because of the lack of accessible features of the apartment or the complex;
•Rented an apartment but had difficulties using, or were unable to use, portions of your apartment or the complex because they were not accessible (including the inability to have visitors who have disabilities); or
•Paid to have any portion of your apartment or the complex modified to make it more accessible.
If you believe you have been harmed because of your disability at any of the above-named apartment complexes, or if you have information about someone else who may have been harmed, please contact the United States Department of Justice at: 1800-896-7743 Ex. 9994.
You also may write to United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, 150 M Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, Attn: DJ 175-56-55.
***You must call or write no later than April 19, 2022 to be eligible for compensation, and your telephone message or letter must include your name, address, and if possible, at least two telephone numbers where you may be reached.
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