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Virginia apartment settles discriminatory screening lawsuit

August 7, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia apartment complex is revamping its background check requirements of prospective tenants after a lawsuit alleged that it was using racially discriminatory screening methods.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Sterling Glen apartment complex has agreed to limit its background check policy so as not to automatically deny an apartment to anyone with a felony record.

The 300-unit complex in Chesterfield County instead will only consider certain felony convictions that are less than five years old. Misdemeanor convictions will also not be considered in the screening process.

The nonprofit Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia had argued in court papers that the complex’ old system screening tenants violated fair housing laws because it had a disproportionate impact on African Americans.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com

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