Four Latino families have alleged that Waples Mobile Home Community and its management company, A. J. Dwoskin & Associates in Fairfax, Virginia, violated the Fair Housing Act, the Virginia Fair Housing Law and the Manufactured Home Lot Rental Agreement. They claim the community owners refused to renew the leases of households who have family members without a Social Security card or other proof of legal residence.
They have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the landlord, as fairfaxtimes informs MHProNews. Ivy Finkenstadt, the Legal Aid Justice Center who represents the plaintiffs, said it is the first time a fair housing law case has been brought against a private landlord.
Finkenstadt said the community has long had a policy of requiring residents to prove they are legal residents, but the community owner did not enforce that provision until 2015.
All the families involved in the lawsuit have children born in the U. S. and at least one adult has a Social Security number. The justice center is being assisted by the law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.
One of the plaintiffs, and former resident of Waples, Rosy Giron de Reyes alleges she was told she had to leave even though her husband and son could stay.
A representative from Waples declined to comment on the case; A. J. Dwoskin & Associates was not immediately available for comment, according to fairfaxtimes.
MHProNews has learned A. J. Dwoskin & Associates has three other manufactured home communities in Northern VA. ##
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Article submitted by Matthew J. Silver to Daily Business News-MHProNews.