A Maryland federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against Bank of America and Safeguard Properties Management, according to a recent HousingWire report.
"The suit, filed in June 2018, accuses the two companies of intentionally failing to provide routine exterior maintenance and marketing for Bank of America-owned homes in African American and Latino neighborhoods across 37 metro areas, while consistently maintaining similar bank-owned properties in white neighborhoods," according to the report.
The judge believes that there are sufficient facts that infer there were violations to the Fair Housing Act. NFHA CEO and president Lisa Rice believes that both Bank of America and Safeguard, "must be held accountable for their discriminatory actions," according to the report.
"The plaintiffs presented extensive photographic evidence of the disrepair apparent in minority neighborhoods, which included wildly overgrown grass and weeds, unsecured doors and windows, damaged steps and handrails, accumulated trash and debris, unsecured pools, graffiti and even dead animals decaying in the yards," according to HousingWire.
To learn more about the lawsuit and claims by the plaintiffs, click on the image above.