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Feds: NYC landlord discriminated over service dog
NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal housing officials say a landlord threatened to evict a disabled mother and daughter from their New York City apartment for keeping a service dog.
The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Monday that it brought civil charges of housing discrimination against the landlord and his company. No telephone number for him or the company could be found. A possible lawyer for the company didn't immediately return a call.
HUD says the landlord initially was OK with the disabled duo's service dog but then told the family it couldn't stay and launched eviction proceedings.
The Fair Housing Act requires landlords to waive "no-pets" policies and make other reasonable accommodations for disabled people.
If a judge finds discrimination occurred, the landlord could face fines and damages.