A Wisconsin landlord has been sued by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development after refusing to rent a property to a single mother. The landlord, who is a woman, said it was because the renter didn’t have a man “to shovel the snow.”
The landlord later rented the property to two men.
The Lacrosse Tribune reports the landlord was open about her actions when questioned by investigators, saying that she routinely refuses to rent to single mothers because of the “brutal” winters. She said that single mothers can’t handle the isolation or the snow removal duties.
During the conversation with investigators, the landlord also complained that single mothers are part of the nation’s current economic problems. She offered her opinions on how single mothers were not such a problem in the 60’s and 70’s.
Under the Fair Housing Act, it is illegal for landlords to discriminate against tenants because of gender or family status.
If you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against by a landlord, you can file a complaint with HUD here.
HUD: Single mother refused housing because of no man to shovel snow [Lacrosse Tribune] (Thanks to FNG!)