FEASTERVILLE, PA–Brotman Enterprise real estatehas reached a conciliation agreement with the US Dept. ofHousing and Urban Development and will pay $25,000 toresolve allegations that its agents discriminated againstAfrican-American prospective renters.

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Employees of the company allegedly steered white testers posingas rental applicants to neighborhoods they described as safer,while directing black testers to areas agents considered“rough,” according to a statement from HUD.

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The Fair Housing Act prohibits racialdiscrimination in the sale or rental of a dwelling,including steering potential renters or homebuyers todifferent neighborhoods.

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“Testing remains one of our most effective tools for exposingunlawful housing discrimination,” said Bryan Greene, HUD's actingassistant secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “HUD will continue to enforce the Fair Housing Act to ensure thatno family has their housing options limited because of theirrace.”

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The case came to HUD's attention when the National Fair HousingAlliance, a nonprofit organization that receives HUD funds tocombat housing discrimination, filed a complaint aboutBrotman. Specifically, NFHA alleged that agents from thecompany, based in Feasterville-Trevose, northeastof Philadelphia, steered black testers to one of its properties ina high-crime, less desirable neighborhood, while telling whitetesters about a different property in an area they considered to besafer.

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Under the terms of the conciliation agreement, Brotman willpay the NFHA $25,000 in damages, get fair housing training for allof its leasing agents and managers, and establish anon-discrimination rental policy.

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