Advocacy group alleges SF condos discriminate against children

A housing advocacy group filed lawsuits in Fort Lauderdale federal court Tuesday accusing several condo associations of discriminating against families with children, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, or HOPE, had several testers collect evidence of discrimination at units in the Islander on Hallandale Beach, the Embassy in Fort Lauderdale and Baker Towers in Hollywood, among other properties.

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HOPE said the goal of the lawsuit was to keep real estate professionals aware of the Fair Housing Act. The Florida Commission on Human Relations frequently receives complains for housing discrimination related to age and family status, the Sun Sentinel said, including 271 such cases in the fiscal year of 2010-2011.

The defendants all deny knowingly violating the Fair Housing Act, and some say HOPE was “overzealous” in pursuing evidence against them. [Sun Sentinel]